As the Global Fund seeks to drum up worldwide support for its upcoming Seventh Replenishment, the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) led activities in Jamaica for the Global Week of Action, which ran from March 7 to 11, 2022.
A major focus of the week of action was to engage embassies and build awareness among local diplomats on key messages from The Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Investment Case.
With this in mind, CVC in partnership with the Jamaica Network of Seropositives, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, Equality Jamaica, and Stand Up for Jamaica coordinated the distribution of official letters to several embassies in Kingston lobbying for greater commitment from donor countries to the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment.
CVC’s Executive Director Mr. Ivan Cruickshank also met with Belgium’s Ambassador to Kingston, Ambassador Hugo Verbist.
Mr. Cruickshank used the opportunity to thank Ambassador Verbist for Belgium’s commitment to continue its support to The Global Fund’s efforts to end AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Mr. Cruickshank also urged Ambassador Verbist to lobby Belgium to rally together with stakeholders of The Global Fund partnership, to advocate for increased pledges for the fund’s Seventh Replenishment.
The Global Fund’s target for the Seventh Replenishment is to raise at least US$18 billion to fight HIV, TB and malaria and build stronger systems for health. It is estimated that US$6 billion of the US$18 billion will be used to invest in health systems that both support the ongoing fight against HIV, TB and malaria and will reinforce pandemic preparedness.
The Global Week of Action for the Seventh Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) was coordinated by Civil Society For Malaria Elimination (CS4ME), Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN), GFAN Africa, and GFAN Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP).