" Since its launch in May 2017, I can now confidently say that the Bureau for the African voice in health policy is fully established. The formation of the Bureau is in firm recognition of the opportunities the Global Fund (GF) and its mechanisms has continued to provide to the African continent to save millions of lives. The model which brings together two major Global Fund (GF) constituencies in Africa – Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) as well as West and Central Africa (WCA) – to work together both as a unified representative body and as a technical resource base is not only unique but innovative. I am glad to present to you his annual report which highlights key milestones we made in 2017. It demonstrates the important role of the Bureau in facilitating continental constituency-building and participation in health policy making processes."