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On 9th December 2021, ahead of International Human Rights Day (10th December) and Universal Health Coverage Day 12th December), Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP) organised “In Extraordinary Times… The Power of More” an event to soft launch its campaign efforts for the Seventh Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), and to release key messages from its regional synthesis “Accelerating to the Finish: Increasing sustainable financing for HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria responses in Asia-Pacific to achieve the 2030 targets”. This event was joined by over 170 participants and speakers from communities and civil society organisations across Asia-Pacific, Europe and included Country Coordinating Mechanism representatives from Asia-Pacific as well as representatives from the Global Fund Secretariat.
The virtual event was moderated by Dr Selina Lo, Executive Director of Australian Global Health Alliance, and co-hosted with the South East Asia (SEA) and Western Pacific Region (WPR) Constituencies to the Board of the Global Fund and co-organised with the Asia-Pacific Platform on Communities, Rights & Gender (APCRG) hosted by APCASO, Diversity and Solidarity Trust (DAST), National Coalition of People Living with HIV in India (NCPI+), Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) and Yayasan Spiritia (Spiritia Foundation).
The new Strategy builds on the unique strengths of the Global Fund partnership by introducing an explicit objective to maximise the engagement and leadership of affected communities, to ensure that no one is left behind, and that services are designed to respond to the needs of those most at risk.
This principle, that communities are at the centre of everything we do, is core to the new Strategy.
In her opening address, Lady Roslyn Morauta emphasised that the Global Fund partnership has proved that by acting together, and putting resources where they are most needed, we can overcome barriers, save lives, and dramatically change the course of HIV, TB and malaria. But yet we now stand at crossroads given the devastating impacts of COVID-19 which exacerbated inequities, diverted critical resources, slowed access to critical HIV, TB and malaria prevention and treatment activities, and put key and vulnerable people further at risk.
In 2020, for the first time in Global Fund history, key programmatic results declined across all three diseases, and with only eight years to go, COVID-19 has knocked us further off course from the Sustainable Goal (SDG) targets of ending the three epidemics by 2030.
Thus, she expressed deep appreciation for President Joe Biden’s decision to host the Seventh Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund in the United States in the second half of 2022 which has given the Global Fund the best possible start.
As with the previous replenishments, the power of the Global Fund partnership is the mobilisation of all stakeholders, but especially the communities and organisations living with and fighting the three diseases. And the investment case that is underway and will be presented at the Preparatory Meeting in February next year will demonstrate the Global Fund’s leadership across the global health landscape, but also stressed that the voices of communities and civil society that would carry the most weight.
Contrasting with the current Strategy, a commitment to communities, human rights, gender and equity is reflected throughout the 2023. -2038 Strategy as well as identified as individual objectives.
The Strategy commits to “working with and to serve the health needs of people and communities,” especially those living with and affected by the three diseases.
Kate Thomson then shared the newly approved Global Fund Strategy 2023 – 2028 highlighting key areas where the Global Fund Strategy would be putting communities at the centre of its work. This is seen in three of the ten specific areas key to accelerate the pace of implementation in the future through a more systematic approach to supporting the development and integration of community systems for health; a stronger role and voice for communities living with and affected by the diseases; and intensified action to address inequities, human rights and gender-related barriers.
As mutually reinforcing contributory objectives – “Maximising the engagement and leadership of most affected communities to leave no one behind” and “maximising health equity, gender equality and human rights” lays out specific actions that would be carried out by the Global Fund partnership to attain these goals.
Most notably, the Global Fund will reinforce community leadership by accelerating the evolution of CCMs and community-led platforms; evolving its business processes, guidelines, tools and practices to support community-led organisations; supporting community and civil society-led advocacy to reinforce the prioritisation of health investments and drive towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC); and expand partnerships with communities living with and affected by emerging and related health areas to support more inclusive, responsive and effective systems for health. In addition, the Global Fund will leverage its diplomatic voice to challenge laws, policies and practices that limit impact on the three diseases.
Rachel Ong introduced the campaign “In Extraordinary Times… The Power of More” which was an outcome of various discussions and consultations in the Asia-Pacific with communities and civil society partners since July this year.
While the campaign will follow similar efforts seen in #LoveMoreGiveMore and #HeroesGiveMore, there will be concerted efforts to ensure that the campaign also increases domestic financing for the three diseases and health in the context of COVID-19.
Acknowledging and giving exceptional thanks to the key and central role that communities and civil society-led organisations played in the efforts during the Sixth Replenishment, Rachel laid out key activities in 2022 that will be pivotal for campaign efforts, including an official launch in end February 2022 to launch the campaign officially and introduce the relevant collaterals, a global week of action, events targeted at donor embassies, letter-writing to donors, as well as working throughout the year on G20 & G7 related advocacy.
Katy Kydd Wright then presented key messages from “Fully Fund the Global Fund: Get Back on Track to End HIV, TB and Malaria in a COVID World“, which called for US$ 28.5 billion to the Global Fund for the Seventh Replenishment. This is because bold and ambitious action, getting back on track, and being clear that money matters in a COVID world which has shifted the framing of global health is ever more important to prioritise the Global Fund and end HIV, TB and malaria as epidemics within a system and global psyche that is COVID-driven.
“In Extraordinary Times… The Power of More” has so much significance as it is not just about being able to do more with more resources, but that the strength of the Global Fund partnership can only be achieved when we are in solidarity and when we come together collectively! The Japanese Origami paper crane is the symbol we have identified for this campaign. It is Asian in origin and it is a symbol of peace, love, hope, and healing during challenging times.
Niluka Perera introduced and shared key findings from “Accelerating to the Finish: Increasing sustainable financing for HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria responses in Asia-Pacific to achieve the 2030 targets”, a regional synthesis of four in-country investment cases conducted in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam led by National Coalition of People Living with HIV in India (NCPI+) and the India Working Group on Health Advocacy (IWG), Yayasan Spiritia, DAST, and SCDI respectively.
The key recommendations were:
- Urgent Need to increase domestic resource mobilisation: Governments need to increase their spending on health care, with guidance from civil society on the most appropriate investments for sustainable investments in health and UHC.
- Increase the Fiscal Space for Health: Donors and technical partners need to work with governments to provide additional resources and hold them accountable to improving health outcomes.
- Protect human rights, community engagement, and civic space: Laws and policies must change to remove barriers to accessing health care for the most marginalised communities.
- Support community systems strengthening (CSS): Invest in what works, whereby the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that with the right support, communities are effective responders.
A panel discussion was then held with Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, Global Fund Board Member from SEA Constituency and Fiu Williame-Igara, Global Fund Board Member from WPR Constituency alongside communities and civil society representatives Dr Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, Daniel Marguari, Daxa Patel, Roshan De Silva and Jennifer Ho.
More can be done, and much more is needed from the Global Fund for effective coordination in each country to support the achievement of targets.
We also call on private and corporate sectors of South East Asia to come forward to support the Global Fund in terms of offering resources to fight against the three diseases, if we are to meet the 2030 SDG goals!
We have to strengthen the institutions and capacities of communities and community-based systems in our countries. The fight must be loud at this time now, because the capacities as we know are still not there. We have to ask the Global Fund to bring the statistics of how they have invested into building community-led organisations and communities that are delivering this support on the ground.
Dasho Wangdi started with congratulating the Biden Administration of the United States government for hosting the Seventh Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund and acknowledged the efforts of GFAN AP leading up to the Seventh Replenishment Conference. He further provided an overview of the situation in South East Asia where two billion of the world’s population lives in.
He emphasises that more than one-quarter of new HIV infections are among young people aged 15 to 24 years old and more needs to be done to step up prevention efforts. On TB, he stressed the unnecessary loss of lives – and more than half of global TB deaths are in SEA from India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, and the very real threats of MDR-TB. And on malaria, he was concerned how targets to reach malaria elimination may not be achieved given the various lockdowns that have had to be imposed in the last 18 months. He also said that while we have made considerable progress in the region, we have been taken aback because of the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore even more resources needed to be generated to address the three diseases.
Fiu Williame-Igara added that unwavering political commitment is non-negotiable at all levels – international and domestic, and we have to find champions to take this fight on. In addition diverse intensified partnerships and commitment including developing new partners from the private sector for new contributors to the cause that we are fighting for and investing for impact is needed. And by impact – this means that we need to recognise that we are talking about long-term investments and not only deal with the issues we have before us, but to plan for the future because resources are unpredictable. She added that increased advocacy and the profile of our impacted populations is needed, and that it is important that we bring up the good stories that have been shared of the lives that we have been changing with the Global Fund, lastly she added that the voices of children that are impacted by the limitations and challenges that we face in seeking to deliver better services to our people are also impacted by HIV, TB and malaria.
Lastly, key messages and calls to action were shared during the panel discussion with representatives to the Global Fund Board by our communities and civil society leaders as follows:
Dr Khuat Thi Hai Oanh
Executive Director, SCDI. Vietnam
Vietnam has made huge progress in the fight agains the three diseases, and it is thanks to our government’s commitment and also the investments from the Global Fund and other donors, and the advocacy of community and civil society.
Yet, the engagement of community and civil society is still limited, and the funding for our engagement almost exclusively comes from external donors such as the Global Fund. In recent years, our government has started to develop policies to mobilise domestic resources for the three diseases, but so far it has been limited for medical services or the operations of government agencies – and not for communities and civil society.
Thus, having communities and civil society as equal partners in implementing programmes for the three diseases and for policy planning and development is the game changer. Community systems are a crucial and integral part of resilient and sustainable systems for health and it is vital that they are adequately funded!
Executive Director, Yayasan Spiritia. Indonesia
We recommend as a priority right now to the Government of Indonesia to gradually increase our GDP allocation to health from 3% to 5% to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030. This should include sufficient public financing for HIV, TB and malaria responses, and also investments towards communities and civil society.
Indonesia needs to pay attention and address the impact of COVID-19 on existing HIV, TB and malaria programmes, as well as the impacts on communities and civil society. This is especially important for sustainable and predictable domestic financing to ensure and protect the gains.
Executive Board Member, NCPI+. India
Our ask to the India Government is to invest in Community Systems Strengthening to enhance community leadership and ownership.
India urgently needs to increase domestic financing for health from 1.2 to 2.5% of its Gross Domestic Product, as promised by the Government of India.
The Indian government should increase investments also to the Global Fund from its contributions at the Sixth Replenishment of US$22 million to demonstrate the effectiveness of the partnership it has had with the Global Fund.
Additionally, the Global Fund support should continue in India beyond 2025!
Roshan De Silva
Executive Director, DAST. Sri Lanka
We need to step hard on the accelerator and increase outreach, testing, treatment and prevention for key populations because we can actually do that. We need to accelerate Human Rights responses to key populations in the country and make sure that our services are accessible and acceptable to key populations.
Our recommendation is that we need to increase investments in HIV responses through domestic and external resources to reach an additional US$ 28 million for the next eight years, and for this to happen, we need the Global Fund and other external donors to continue its funding to Sri Lanka, because the country may upgrade again to middle-income status but key communities remain the poorest.
Key populations remain the least served, and they remain the population with least access to services.
Deputy Director, APCASO, host of APCRG. Thailand
In many of the countries that we (APCASO) consulted with, including Indonesia and Philippines, conditions faced by vulnerable and marginalised populations and communities continue to be excluded, resulting in catastrophic health costs, and people simply are not getting the care that they need. It is heartbreaking, that “you either pay or you die” – which was a statement made from a participant in Nepal during consultations.
We need governments to increase domestic financing for UHC and to prioritise additional funding for the health services needed by marginalised and vulnerable populations that no only need increased international and domestic government funding to help fill that UHC gap, but most importantly we also need donors and governments to support and make resources directly available to communities and civil societies for community-led and -driven health services and programmes. Effective mechanisms have to be set up, ones that are inherent to the principles of accountability and transparency, but not hindered by theocracy, and for communities and civil societies to have the resources that they need to strengthen the community system and to help promote and support the health needs of their communities.
- Kate Thomson, The Global Fund 2023 – 2028 Strategy. [download here]
- Rachel Ong, Introducing “In Extraordinary Times… The Power of More”. [download here]
- Katy Kydd Wright, Key messages for the 7th Replenishment from “Fully Fund the Global Fund: Get Back on Track to End HIV, TB and malaria in a COVID World”. [download here]
- Niluka Perera, Key messages from “Accelerating to the Finish: Increasing sustainable financing for HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria responses in the Asia-Pacific to achieve the 2030 targets”. [download here]
Lady Roslyn Morauta
Board Vice-Chair, The Global Fund
Lady Roslyn Morauta took up office as Vice-Chair of the Global Fund Board in May 2019 and has a long association with the Global Fund, having previously served as the Alternate Board Member for the Western Pacific Region Constituency on the Global Fund’s Board, and Chair of the Papua New Guinea Country Coordinating Mechanism. Her role in the Country Coordinating Mechanism has given her close understanding of Global Fund strategies and processes, the working of the Secretariat, and the practical implementation of grants at country level.
She has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since 1982. Prior to that, she worked in publishing in England, taught Politics at the University of Ghana, the Australian National University and Queensland University, and worked as a research officer in the Defence Department in Canberra and for the Australian Social Welfare Commission. In PNG, she has worked for the National Planning Office and the Department of Finance and Treasury (through the United Nations Development Programme), undertaken consultancy management with Coopers & Lybrand, and now acts as manager of Morauta family business interests. As First Lady of PNG from 1999-2002, she championed issues on health, HIV and gender, and has continued this work since.
Roslyn is also a member of the Anglicare (PNG) Board and the PNG Maritime College Board. Other board and committee memberships have included the PNG National AIDS Council, the Asia- Pacific Leadership Forum on HIV/AIDS and the PNG Alliance of Civil Society Organisations Against HIV/AIDS.
Dr Selina Lo
Executive Director, Australian Global Health Alliance
Selina Lo is a medical graduate from the University of Melbourne in 1993 with a post-graduate degree in public and international law focusing on trade, human rights, and health. Selina has previously worked for Doctors without Borders leading medical humanitarian project teams in Kabul, Afghanistan, Rakhine State, Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, and Thailand. She was the medical director for Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines based in Geneva, and Clinical Advisor to the Clinton Foundation based at the national Chinese Centre for Disease Control HIV/AIDS unit. Selina was also the inaugural Executive Officer for Doctors for the Environment Australia.
Selina was appointed as Executive Director of the Global Health Alliance in July 2021. She is also an adjunct senior research fellow of Monash University and a consulting editor to The Lancet. Prior to this, she was The Lancet’s Senior Editor based in Beijing and London responsible for global and planetary health commissions. She holds honorary affiliations at the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global health and the United Nations University Institute of Global Health, Malaysia. She is a patron of the board of Global Ideas and sits on the steering committee of SESH Global: building capacity to crowdsource financing for lower income country researchers in infectious diseases.
Head, CRG Department, The Global Fund
Kate Thomson is the Head of the Community, Rights and Gender department at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She has 35 years of experience working with civil society and communities, with a focus on strengthening the engagement and leadership of communities most affected by HIV, TB and malaria and addressing gender and human rights barriers to access.
In the mid-1980s, she helped establish the peer-led UK organisation Positively Women (now Positively UK), which is one of the first organizations of women living with HIV globally.
Kate was also among the founding members of several community-led global HIV networks, including the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+).
She was the Civil Society Relations Manager in the early days of the Global Fund then served as the Chief of Community Mobilization at UNAIDS for 8 years before returning to the Global Fund in 2013.
Dasho Kunzang Wangdi
Board Member, SEA Constituency. The Global Fund
Dasho Kunzang Wangdi has been a member of the Royal Research and Advisory Council, His Majesty’s Secretariat in Bhutan since 2015 and is currently its Officiating Chairman. Now a retired public servant, Wangdi worked as the first Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan, among other positions. Wangdi has also served as a member of the country’s national HIV/AIDS committee and was a Human Rights Fellow at the London School of Economics, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Honours) from St Stephen’s College, University of New Delhi, as well as a Masters of Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University in United States.
Board Member, WPR Constituency. The Global Fund
Fiu Williame-Igara has served extensively in the public sector, private sector and civil society within PNG and regionally. Ms Fiu has worked for the largest Australian Government Governance Programme to Papua New Guinea and was appointed one of two only PNG nationals who served at the Executive Leadership level. Currently, Ms Fiu is the first Papua New Guinean Country Director to Save the Children (SCPNG). She currently serves on the Boards of the Global Fund as the Western Pacific Region Constituency Board Member, PNGCCM as the private sector representative, Hope Academy Incorporated, Post PNG and RFI Enterprise Ltd.
Roshan De Silva
Executive Director, DAST
Roshan De Silva is the Executive Director of Diversity and Solidarity Trust (DAST), a community-led organisation providing technical support to communities and civil society in Sri Lanka for meaningful community engagement and advocacy. Roshan has more than 15 years of experience working for the rights of marginalised communities in the country and has also served in the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of Sri Lanka representing Key Populations and was the chair of Key Affected Population Committee of the CCM.
Dr Khuat Thi Hai Oanh
Executive Director, SCDI
Dr Khuat Thi Hai Oanh is a medical doctor graduated from Hanoi Medical University and co-founded the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) in 2002. In 2014, she was given the Dedoner Clayton Award by the French Pasteur Institute and Nobel Laureate Françoise Barré-Sinousi and was listed among the 50 most influential Vietnamese Women by Forbes Vietnam. She is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI). SCDI focuses on community empowerment and creating enabling environments for the most marginalised and vulnerable populations such as sex workers, drugs users, people living with HIV, their spouses and children, poor migrants, ethnic minorities and LGBTQI people. In addition, SCDI is a sub-recipient of Global Fund grants in Vietnam and works closely on malaria through the Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative to Elimination (RAI2E) grant, a multi-country grant on malaria funded by the Global Fund.
Executive Director, Spiritia Foundation
Daniel Marguari is the Executive Director of Yayasan Spiritia (Spiritia Foundation) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Spiritia Foundation works closely to support networks of People Living with HIV and key populations – including people who use drugs, sex workers, transgenders, and men who have sex with men throughout Indonesia. Spiritia Foundation has been a recipient of the Global Fund from 2011 – 2016 as a sub-recipient and as a PR from 2016, it manages US$55 million to support key and vulnerable populations, working closely with their partners throughout Indonesia. Daniel has a degree in Business Administration and in the mid-1990s began his career in the private sector taking on the management of the personnel and general affairs department of a well-established company in Jakarta. He began to be involved in HIV advocacy when a close relative passed away from AIDS and began volunteering with Spiritia Foundation and in 2002, made the decision to devote himself to Spiritia Foundation after the passing away of one of the co-founders of Spiritia Foundation.
Katy Kydd Wright
Katy Kydd Wright is the Director of the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) based in Ottawa, Canada. Katy spent close to a decade working for Canadian Parliamentarians in various roles at the House of Commons. During her time working for Parliamentarians her policy areas were as divergent as automotive policy, telecommunications regulations and human rights, but it was her work on patent regulations and the first Canadian Access to medicines Regime adopted in 2004 that brought her into the field of global health.
Katy left Canadian politics and joined RESULTS Canada where she managed the grassroots-based organisations work on TB control with the ACTION partnership. Later, as Director of Campaigns, she led efforts on all the global health and poverty-related campaigns of the organisation including vaccines, microcredit and Education for All. Since joining the GFAN team in September of 2012, Katy has coordinated GFAN – established to unite voices and efforts from all over the world to support a fully funded and effective Global Fund. She has a degree in Political and Comparative Development Studies from Trent University.
Advocacy, Programmes and Coordination Officer, GFAN AP
Niluka Perera is the Advocacy, Programmes and Coordination Officer at Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP) and is based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Niluka started his engagements in SRHR advocacy in 2010, as a youth activist and has served as the Regional Coordinator of Youth Voices Count (YVC), a regional network of Young LGBT people in Asia Pacific. Niluka was a member of the Community, Rights and Gender Advisory Group of the Global Fund, and supported the formation of the Global Fund Youth Council which advises the Executive Director of the Global Fund. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Mahidol, Thailand and University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Executive Board Member, NCPI+
Daxa Patel is an HIV Activist openly living with HIV from Surat, Gujarat, India. She was formerly the President and currently one of the Executive Board Members of the National Coalition of People Living with HIV in India (NCPI+) which has presence across 32 states, and she is a founding and active member of the India Working Group for Health Advocacy (IWG). Daxa was diagnosed with HIV in 1997 and started engaging in HIV work as a peer counsellor with SAHAS and in 2003 co-founded the Gujarat State Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNSP+).Daxa led successful advocacy at the national level to promote of PAP smears for eligible women living with HIV. In 2005 she developed partnerships with the Reliance in Surat for free ART medicine while government had not initiated this in the city. This partnership now sustains – with other services – 30 beds in the hospital with free services, nutrition, diagnostic, treatment, doctor consultation, reliance with other donors providing nutritional support to 200 children living with HIV and women living with HIV who are widows.
Deputy Director, APCASO host of APCRG Platform
Jennifer Ho is a feminist and a human rights activist; she is also the Deputy Director of APCASO, a regional civil society network of community-based and non-governmental organisations on health and social justice.
Jennifer has been working in global health and development, including HIV/AIDS, sexual reproductive health and rights, and access to essential medicines through the lens of human rights, gender, and community mobilisation and leadership development for the past 20+ years. She is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Regional Coordinator, GFAN AP
Rachel Ong has been the Regional Coordinator of GFAN Asia-Pacific since 2016, and currently serves as a co-facilitator of the C20 GHWG and member of the C20 Steering Committee. She was formerly the Constituency Focal Point of the Communities Delegation from 2009 to 2020 and has occupied various governance and leadership positions of Global Fund processes and mechanisms.
She is from Singapore and has worked across the Asia-Pacific region since 1999 on youth and gender advocacy and has held various leadership and governance positions in regional and global community/civil society organisations and international institutions. She was based in Beijing, China from 2004 – 2008 as Project Manager of Positive Art Workshop.
Rachel holds a double Business Degree in Marketing and Media Management from Edith Cowan University, Australia and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore.
Advocacy Video Speaker Bios
Vice President, Igat Hope Inc
Maura discovered she had HIV in 1997 when she was pregnant with her first child. At that time, there were no services or programmes in place for people living with HIV: no anti-retroviral treatment (ART) or counselling was available. Maura saw people ostracised and die due to stigma and discrimination, including her baby and husband, so she felt she had to advocate for treatment and acceptance. Maura became the first woman to publicly disclose her HIV status in Papua New Guinea.
Maura credits the Global Fund for saving her life. It funded her ART when it arrived in PNG in 2004. Maura has also had malaria and contracted tuberculosis (TB) in 2001 because of HIV. She accessed her malaria test and treatment at a Global Fund-funded clinic and still frequently receives tests and new mosquito nets. While her TB treatment was through a government-supported clinic, she has routine checks for TB via Global Fund-funded services. The Global Fund remains the only donor that funds community activities, while the government now funds Maura’s ART.
Maura is a trained nurse and a member of PNG’s Country Coordinating Mechanism representing PLHIV. She is involved in the decision-making of the country’s Global Fund programmes and funding. Maura is a member of Igat Hope, the national network of PLHIV. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Asia Pacific Activist Coalition for TB, the Asia Pacific Network of PLHIV (APN+) and the WHO Regional Green Light Commission of Western Pacific Region and a focal point for APCASO in PNG. Maura has worked with UN Women, AusAID, UNDP and several community organizations.
Program Director on Global Health, Africa Japan Forum
Masaki Inaba is the Chair of Japan Civil Society Organizations Network for Global Health. He also serves the Program Director on Global Health in Africa Japan Forum, a Japanese NGO working on African issues. He is one of the founders of Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs (SDGs Japan). He has been serving the Steering Committee Member, representing the civil society of the Global North, UHC2030.
Since 2010, he has been serving the Chair of Japan Civil Society Organization Network on Global Health, which has 30 Japanese CSOs working on global health, and chairing the league of civil society in the official bimonthly dialogues on global health policy between Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and civil society working on global health for more than 10 years. His career on the global health started in 2002 as an advocate on HIV/AIDS, bridging social movements of people living with/affected by HIV/AIDS between Africa and Japan, as the director of global health in Africa Japan Forum. He was a member of Developed Country NGO Delegation of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) from 2004 to 2009, and after that he has been a key member representing Japanese civil society in GFAN (Global Fund Advocates Network), and Steering Committee member of GFAN Asia/Pacific, as well as the member of the Council of Representatives (CoR) of APCASO. Since 2013 he has been working actively on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and now he is a member of Steering Committee of UHC2030, which is the international coordination mechanism to achieve UHC (SDG3.8) representing the civil society of the Global North.
Before joining the arena of international development, he experienced diverse civil society movement and social movement in late 80’s and 90’s; he was the Program Director for Advocacy of Japan Association for the Gay and Lesbian Movement (OCCUR) from 1994 to 2001. Before that, he worked for the development of civil society movement to protect health and well-being of urban poor communities in Yokohama City from 1990-94 as the Director of Medical Consultation team of Kotobuki Day Workers Trade union.
Programme Director, Khawaja Sira Society
Mahnoor AKA Moon Ali is a self-identified transgender woman, Trans rights activist, HIV activist, Social Worker, Trainer, consultant and researcher. Moon belongs to the Trans-gender community and has been serving as its Program Director since 2012, at a community-based organisation “Khawaja Sira Society” in Pakistan.
Khawaja Sira Society has successfully implemented various Global Fund grants, including the multi-country South Asia project – Reducing the Impact of HIV on transgender population sin South Asia, as a sub-recipient with the collaboration of UNDP and Save the Children International Nepal.
Secretary, Network of Asia People who Use Drugs (NAPUD)
Johann Nadela is harm reduction advocate and the Founder and Executive Director of IDUCare, a Cebu City-based organisation that aims to counter stigma faced by persons who inject drugs and provides access to HIV, HepC counselling, screen and treatment. He is also the Secretary of Network of Asia People who Use Drugs (NAPUD).
Through IDUCare, Johann hopes to achieve a peer-based community for people affected by drugs focusing towards behaviour change, integral health, and upholding and defending human rights. He believes by offering legal rights literacy and paralegal services training to people who use drugs, they are able to help other drug users.