The Eastern and Southern Africa, and West and Central Africa constituencies recently completed the first round of learning network meetings for the respective regions in Johannesburg, Kampala, Abidjan, and Dakar between 26th February and 9th March 2018.
In these meetings, countries do in-depth analyses on the progress and trends in eliminating the three epidemics, shared success stories and identified barriers and solutions to achieving desired outcomes. The learning networks provide an opportunity for identifying best practices and learning from each other and developing solutions to:
1) maximize the impact of available resources, 2) bridging the funding gap, 3) strengthen ownership and 4) increased sustainability to end the three epidemics.
These meetings contributed greatly to Africa’s position statements and declarations to the 6th Committee discussions including the 39th Global Fund Board Meeting. Participants were drawn from Public sector, CCMs, Civil Society, academia and UNAIDS. Critical themes identified included, maximize impact of available resources, bridging the funding gap, strengthening ownership and increased sustainability.
The discussions were very lively, engaging and most of the attendees agreed that CBLNs are a great opportunity to share, learn and deepen discussions within their respective regions. Meeting attendees also shared recommendations on how to improve the organization and coordination of the clusters.
For M. Vulindela David Msibi : “The Southern Africa cluster workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa, was a great achievement and a step in the right direction to providing a platform for dialogue, engagement and sharing best practices towards ending the three epidemics”
The meetings were conducted in partnership with UNAIDS RSTs in Johannesburg and Dakar, prominent organizations in the respective countries included respective CCMs, South African National AIDS Council, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, International Treatment Preparedness Coalition and Africaso.
To ensure that countries continue to work closely, CBLN Coordinators have been selected as follow:
Southern Africa Cluster: Mr. Vulindlela David Msibi, Executive Secretary CCM Swaziland
Eastern Africa Cluster: Ms Syson Namaganda Laing, Uganda CCM Coordinator/Executive Secretary
Central Africa Cluster: Dr. Benjamin ATIPO, Republic of Congo
Western Africa Cluster: CFP (Dr. Abdoulaye Anne will initially coordinate the meetings and pass on to the new CFP)