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This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Daniel Townsend

As many see the world making a shift to the right, there has been a groundswell of liberal praise for Canada. For many, Canada is viewed as a stable democracy with an educated multicultural population that seemingly all co-exist well. While many societies grapple with an emergence of right-leaning nationalism and cultural exclusivity, we, Canadians, harbor no outward illusions of greatness but are united on a common understanding that inclusiveness, tolerance, sound social and economic policies are the backbone of our strength — and this does not include the Trudeau factor.

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November 16th-17th 2016 GFAN was invited as a Guest of the Chair to the 36th Global Fund Board Meeting in Montreux (Switzerland) and to attend the meetings of the Developed Country NGO Delegation as a permanent observer. This document provides an overview of the Board Meeting process, key documents and important issues, and potential advocacy opportunities for civil society. Download here.


 

This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Charlie Baran

The following is adapted from an article that originally appeared in the Global Fund Observer on October 19, 2016.

I had the privilege of attending my first Global Fund Replenishment meeting last month in Montreal. The overall feel was of celebration and optimism. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the Global Fund and its track record of saving lives and averting new infections, and backed up his talk with a US$720 million pledge to kick things off. The various other heads of state, health ministers, and private sector leaders all commended praised the Fund as well. … Read more 


 

Ottawa, 1 November 2016 – The Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African & Caribbean Network (CHABAC) today released its newest fact sheet, “Emerging Prevention Technologies and Canada’s African, Caribbean and Black Communities” .  The HIV prevention landscape is constantly shifting and increasingly complex. Today, there are more proven HIV prevention strategies, and growing knowledge about how to better understand and roll out these approaches in challenging contexts. Emerging prevention technologies, such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), have many potential benefits. However their uptake in African, Caribbean and Black communities has been slow, due in part to access issues. The purpose of the resource is to provide service providers with an overview of what … Read more 


 

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By Katja Tielemann, Advocacy Officer with Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW)

At the conclusion of the 5th Global Fund Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Montreal, Canada, on September 16 to 17, the Global Fund announced that pledges totalling US$12.9 billion were made. This is almost US$1 billion more than what was raised at the previous replenishment conference in 2013 and represents a significant commitment to fighting the three diseases over the coming three years. But will it be enough to end the three epidemics for good?

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This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post Canada here.

By Dr. Julio Montaner, OC, OBC, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, Director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Picture this scenario: An individual living with HIV in British Columbia, “Doug” (whose name has been changed for privacy), was being “shuffled around” through care. As a result, he had grown tired and had mostly given up on treating his HIV. Sadly, he had begun telling family and friends that he wouldn’t be around much longer. Can you see a solution to a situation like this?

There was an answer for Doug . An outreach worker, with the province of B.C.’s STOP® … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Peggy Edwards, Grandmothers Advocacy Network

On a rainy weekend in mid-September global leaders vowed to help “end HIV/AIDS for good” by pledging a total of US$12.9 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during the Fifth Replenishment Conference , hosted by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Grandmothers Advocacy Network applauds this commitment and Canada’s leadership in making this happen. However, we are far from “ending it for good.” Indeed, this laudable goal will not be achieved without a deliberate effort to include people of all genders and ages — including older women.

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By Wendy Therrien, Director of External Relations for the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (CAN-MNCH)

There is much to celebrate as the Fifth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria concluded in Montreal this past weekend. Global leaders pledged over US$12.9 billion dollars which will help save 8 million lives and stop an additional 300 million new infections worldwide by 2019, as well as contribute to ending these deadly diseases as epidemics by 2030. This is truly a promising horizon.

The discussions that took place in Montreal evoked for me a memory from … Read more 


 

Canadian civil society congratulates Canada for uniting world leaders in the fight against three of the world’s most devastating diseases MONTRÉAL 17 September 2016  – Today, in a show of commitment to global health and development, world leaders pledged a total of US$12.9 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during its Fifth Replenishment Conference, hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal, Quebec from September 16-17. “Driven by Canada’s leadership, the world has seized this critical moment in the fight to end AIDS, TB and malaria,”  said Robin Montgomery, Executive Director of the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD). “The new funding will not … Read more 


 

Montreal, Canada, September 17, 2016 – The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), International Council Of Aids Service Organizations (ICASO) and RESULTS Canada applaud global leaders as well as Canadian and international communities for meeting the US13 billion target to fully fund the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria for 2017-2019. “RESULTS Canada is delighted world leaders have stepped up to meet the US13 billion target. We are proud of citizen advocates who have worked so hard for this moment – their work will make a real difference to people at risk of or living with AIDS, TB and malaria,” says Lauren Dobson-Hughes, Executive Director at RESULTS … Read more