Red roses and letters drive Uganda’s Global Fund replenishment campaign
PITCH partner Uganda Network of Young People living with HIV (UNYPA) has been spearheading a powerful advocacy campaign to secure a commitment to the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Earlier this year, UNYPA visited close to 30 embassies of countries which are implementing under the Global Fund to thank them for their contributions and encourage them to sustain this commitment in the next replenishment.
UNYPA’s staff and activists have sent letters and red roses to the Embassies of Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, the European Commission, France, Germany, India, Japan, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In addition, UNYPA arranged several face-to-face meetings with the representatives of the Embassies of the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Norway and Sweden to show their gratitude and present their advocacy asks.
So far, a total of 204 signatures have been collected from communities and civil society organisations in Uganda calling on the world’s governments to step up the fight against HIV, TB and malaria by investing in the Global Fund.
Earlier this year, at a meeting with the British High Commission in Kampala it was confirmed that the UK will increase its pledge by 16%. The Swedish ambassador at a meeting with UNYPA’s representatives expressed the deep commitment of his country to see a generation that is able to lead healthy lifestyles. In addition, UNYPA also sent letters to the Canadian Consulate and the Embassy of the Netherlands to increase their contribution to the next replenishment.
Stepping up the Fight
Recently, UNYPA’s Y+ Ambassador Nakato Martha Clara has been part of the Global Fund’s Step Up the Fight campaign appearing in a compelling Face of the Fight video calling on countries to pledge to the Fund.
Aidsfonds and Frontline AIDS applauds UNYPA and other PITCH partners who are mobilising support for the sixth Replenishment.
We are grateful to Gracias Atwiine, PITCH Country Focal Point in Uganda for his contribuion to this story.