By Elias Hakizimana.
As the world celebrates the valentine’s Day, Rwanda NGOs forum in partnership with Aids Healthcare Foundation Rwanda (AHF-Rwanda) with other Civil society organizations commend Africa’s and European governments’ efforts in ending epidemics.
They toured Africa’s and European’s embassies in Kigali on February 14th, 2019 to commend efforts of embassies operating in Rwanda in supporting the Global Fund to end three alarming epidemics: HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa through fund mobilization.
At least 18 embassies were visited where these activists went in red-black dresses with valentine’s flowers and recognition letters to acknowledge embassies’ contribution in terms of money in the Global Fund during the last three years.
The Global Fund contributes in accelerating the end of AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics through fund partnership mobilization and invests nearly $4billion a year to support programmes run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.
The visit tour was conducted under the Rwanda NGOs Forum initiative and was done along with the valentine’s day to show love and recognition to governments’ representatives in Rwanda in supporting the battle against epidemics.
Nooliet Kabanyana, the Executive Secretary of Rwanda NGOs forum on HIV AIDS and Health promotion thanked members of the umbrella of civil society organizations who contributed to the preparation and implementation of this initiative.
“This is a very significant initiative we have achieved as umbrellas of civil society organizations and I would like to commend every one’s effort to achieve this activity,” she said.
Francois Xavier Karangwa, Executive Director of the umbrella of organizations of persons with disabilities (UPHRS) said” it is better to partner as such as the unity leads to strong partnership in achieving our goals of community supports,”
“Advocacy has five phases, we have started today and what we have done is to establish relationship and we will expand it to other embassies, it is better to keep these efforts so that we can together end these epidemics,” said Leon Pierre Rusanganwa, health programmes coordinator at the private sector federation (PSF).
“The replenishment is good, we have focused on these embassies as they fully fund the initiatives in healthcare delivery in our country, let’s partner together and I think nothing can be impossible for us,” said Aimable Mwananawe, national coordinator of Ihorere Munyarwanda Organization (IMRO-Rwanda).
The Global Fund has committed $14 billion fundraising target for the next three-year cycle that will help save 16 million lives, cut mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, avert 234 million infections and build stronger health systems by 2023.
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