Funding HIV and TB


“Africa South of the Sahara still faces a grim scenario with respect to the health of its people. The region –which is home to 12 percent of the world’s population –accounts for 22 percent of the total global disease burden and more than 68 percent of the people living with HIV/AIDS. The region’s poor health status is mirrored by crises in health financing and human resources for health.
With only 2 percent of the global health workforce and only 1 percent of the world’s health expenditures Sub-Saharan African countries are ill-equipped to adequately address their health problems.”
-AU Paper (CAMH/EXP/13a(IV))presented to AU Ministers of Health Conference in Ethiopia, May 2009


Make It Count: Musicians join ARASA in urging leaders to adhere to their promises


Local musicians have collaborated with regional human rights and AIDS organisation, The AIDS and Rights Alliance for southern Africa (ARASA), in a campaign to urge leaders to fund the fight against HIV/AIDS.


The song called “Make it Count” gives an International, regional and national perspective of the funding crisis through the eyes of today’s youth and how the musicians see it affecting people’s lives in their own environments.

 (download the song here) 

ARASA and Partners Join the Global Day of Action

Media Alert – 23 September 2010

For immediate release

Activists in 10 African countries organise Day of Action call for increased health funding

Civil society organisations in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana will support a global call to fully finance the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria for the next three years through a day of action on 28 September 2010.  Several public demonstrations, press conferences and other community actions are being organised (see below for further details) in support of the Third Voluntary Global Fund Replenishment Meeting to be held on the 4th and 5th October 2010 in New York City, USA at which governments and donors will signal their financial commitment towards the Global Fund.

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Supporting documents for the Global Week of Action 20 - 28 September 2010

Global Day of Action for Health Funding: Letter to World Leaders

We stand on the brink of a watershed decision for global health. For many years, health has been under-resourced by governments around the world; and political commitments to overcoming these resource constraints have remained largely unfulfilled. This passive but devastating apathy is directly responsible for millions of unnecessary deaths every year, from preventable and treatable diseases.

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Memo to the European Union: Swaziland civil society:

Memo to the United States: Swaziland civil society:

Petition to the Ministry of Finance: Swaziland civil society

TAC Press Statement: Replenish or MDGs Perish

Maternal health and child mortality Millennium Development Goals in many countries can only be met if AIDS, TB and malaria are addressed and the Global Fund replenished with $20 billion over the next two weeks, say activists.

Activists to call a Day of Action on Tuesday September 28 in at least 20 African cities, and supported by groups around the world, to fully fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Wednesday September 22 (Nairobi, Washington)--World leaders have two weeks left to find the $20billion the Global Fund needs to set the world on track to meet the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), activists said today at the start of a week of activism which culminates in a Global Day of Action next Tuesday September 28 to advocate for the replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

At the recently concluded MDG Summit in New York UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon declared that the MDGs are achievable, and called on donors to open their pockets at the Global Fund Replenishment meeting he is chairing 4-5 October.

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