From the main stage of the International AIDS Conference, to the pages of the U.S. AIDS blueprint, 2012 was an exciting and successful year for ACTION partners.
The points below can provide only a quick snapshot of the jam-packed year that also saw us welcome fantastic new staff across the partnership. Congratulations to all our partners for your inspiring work and leadership to fight diseases of poverty and improve equitable access to health services.
Combatting TB and HIV
Since 2007, ACTION partners contributed to the mobilization of over $2 billion in new resources for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and other multilateral and bilateral funding mechanisms, including almost $500 million for tuberculosis. ACTION partners also contributed to the mobilization of significant new resources for India and Kenya in new resources for TB control.
At the 2012 International AIDS Conference, ACTION partners worked tirelessly to raise the profile of TB-HIV, culminating in a closing statement from RESULTS Australia Director Maree Nutt to an audience of thousands, inviting them to AIDS 2014!
Hilary Clinton announced the PEPFAR Blueprint for Creating an AIDS-free Generation, detailing a plan for how the U.S. will address HIV/AIDS globally. Addressing tuberculosis was a priority in the blueprint, reflecting the efforts of ACTION partner RESULTS US to make TB a priority among U.S. AIDS advocates and the U.S. government.
Japan made their biggest pledge ever to the Global Fund, demonstrating strong leadership during a time of national crisis. And at the October 2012 World Bank meeting in Tokyo, ACTION partner RESULTS Japan organized side meetings and met with Bank leadership.
Over in Europe, ACTION’s European partners played a leading role in finalizing the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 package – a research program and budget for 2014-2020, in which research and development for poverty-related and neglected diseases is now featured as a priority.
And in France, ACTION partner AIDES worked with staff of French President François Hollande to use the International AIDS Society conference as his first international opportunity to speak about international development goals. There, Hollande announced a new financial transaction tax, which activists used as an opportunity to remind the world that proceeds from this tax must be used for the fight against AIDS and all health inequalities.
At this year’s Union Conference on Lung Health in Kuala Lumpur, ACTION partners were heard loud and clear – from marches, to trainings and networking, to an unprecedented Zero TB declaration by civil society advocates. ACTION also launched a new report on childhood TB at the conference – all 800 print copies were quickly snatched up.
Partners also worked together to ensure policy makers prioritize these deadly diseases.
RESULTS Canada hosted Mamta Jacob from GHA India in the week leading up to World AIDS Day. In addition to public events, Mamta met with 14 Canadian Members of Parliament and the Director of the Canadian International Development Agency to build the case for continued Canadian investment in global TB control efforts.
ACTION partners RESULTS UK and CITAM+ (Zambia) teamed up with the HIV/AIDS Alliance to provide evidence to the International Development Select Committee in the UK Parliament on the impact that TB and HIV continue to have in Zambia in reaching the Millennium Development Goals.
Expanding Access to Childhood Vaccines
ACTION played a key role in civil society activities at the GAVI Alliance Partners’ Forum in December. ACTION partners drove the creation of immunization advocacy goals and also helped coordinate the creation of the Civil Society Call to Action on behalf of the wider CSO constituency.
RESULTS UK grassroots groups campaigned for a written declaration from the European Union on their financing for vaccinations, which resulted in enough signatures to pass a declaration that will ultimately lead to increased investment in the GAVI Alliance.
KANCO (Kenya) is inputting in the development of Kenya’s Global Vaccine Action Plan, re-opening discussions on the establishment of a National Immunization Technical Advisory Group, and building a framework for a child health advocacy network.
During 2012, ACTION continued engaging activists – including South African performing artist and humanitarian, Yvonne Chaka Chaka – to raise the profile of TB and other global health issues at the national and international level. ACTION organized and hosted a number of media and advocacy trainings to continue boosting the skills of advocates around the world.
We’ll see you in 2013!