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Ending AIDS, TB and malaria will require expanded public finance with financial risk protection especially for the people furthest behind, Ensuring that AIDS, TB and malaria services are included in universal health coverage (UHC) programs is critical to ending the three diseases and achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3). Attaining the highest possible standard health is a fundamental right of every human being as started in the Constitution of the World Health Organisation(WHO).

UHC means that all people, including those who are marginalized or vulnerable, should have access to promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative quality health services without facing financial hardship. Progress towards UHC means that more people – especially the poor, who are currently at greatest risk of not receiving, critical needed services – get the services they need. today at least half of the world’s population do not have full coverage of essential services, while 100 million people fall into extreme poverty each year due to out of pocket (OOP) heath expenses. Unless health interventions are designed to promote equality, persisting gaps in service coverage will remain. Efforts to progress towards UHC should lead to improvement in national average service coverage rates and stronger health systems structures to deliver the necessary services so that no one is left behind.

CHAIR PERSON OF RWANDA NGOs FORUM ON HIV/AIDS AND HEALTH PROMOTION PROVIDING GIFT TO MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Despite the progress made towards implementing the Abuja Declaration, Africa still has a lengthy path to traverse in order to sustain economic growth, mobilize increased domestic resources and ensure sustainable long term financing for health. The African Union 2063 Agenda aspirations, as well as the SDGs provide new opportunities to strengthen healthcare systems in Africa and accelerate efforts towards ending major epidemics, especially AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria which plague the region.

To achieve these ambitions, there is an urgent need to elevate civil society’s voice and action on health advocacy in the region. Using the ‘Right to Health’ framework, civil society and communities can executive their power and right to demand increased health financing towards improved health outcomes. Civil society also need to be equipped with the right information and tools in order to confidently challenge the current status and advocate not only for more resources but also for efficient utilization of existing resources.

In view of this, Rwanda NGO forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion (RNGOF on HIV/AIDS o HP) in collaboration with GFAN Africa, AIDS Health Foundation(AHF) and Global Fund will host a two days African CSO meeting in Kigali Rwanda, as a pre-conference meeting of the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) being held in Kigali from 5th – 7th March 2019.

RNGOF on HIV/AIDS and Health promotion together with the civil society organizations organized the “LOVE LETTER CAMPAIN” to the GLOBAL fund donor countries to appreciate their support for 5th replenishment and requesting them to increase their commitment to the 6th replenishment of the Global Fund.

The LOVE LETTER CAMPAIGN was also to request African governments to raise at least $46 Billions domestically to invest in health while development partners are called upon to raise $14 BILLIONS in order to save 16 millions lives infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.



This event have been organized by Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion, UNAIDS, IMRO, AHF-Rwanda, GFAN Africa, CiSPHA and WACI Health on 4th February 2019 at Great Seasons Hotel, Kigali-Rwanda. 

The main objective of this meeting is to facilitate civil society and community advocacy efforts on domestic resource mobilization as well as their commitment of funds by governments, donors and the private sector to ensure a fully funded 6th replenishment of the Global Fund.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Update participants on the Africa Leaders Meeting on Investing in Health and jointly plan on Civil Society engagement.
  • Unpack domestic resource mobilization both in relation to the Global Fund as well as to global health.
  • Define mechanisms and tools for High Level outreach (Heads of State, MoF, MoH); Champion building (HoS, Influencers, AGYW); media engagement towards increased DRM and successful 6th replenishment; and civil society and community mobilization.

The General Assembly of Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion meets once a year to present and discuss the work that has been done, and to determine the approach for the next year. In today’s 14th RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP Annual Ordinary General Assembly, the RNGOF members gave constructive and relevant advises and thus the meeting was a great success and an important step in fruitful further collaborations in ending HIV/AIDS Epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 in Rwanda and promoting health. Many thanks to #CCMRwanda and #HDI for your strong support, thanks to the Board of Directors for the #GoodLeadership and #RNGOFteam for the team work.

#AdvocacyContinues #TogetherForAhealthySociety#KnowledgeIsPower #KnowYourStatus #KnowYourViralLoad#RNGOFtogetherWeCan #WeAreReadyFor2030

On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2018 at UMUBANO MARASA Hotel, Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS participated in a symposium organized by Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD) in collaboration with Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and UNAIDS organized a High-Level Symposium on Capacity Building of Law Enforcement officers on the linkage between GBV, HIV and Legal Protection to Advance Fast Track Agenda for Ending AIDS. The meeting brought together participants from different Ministries , UN agencies and other relevant organs including the judiciary, Prosecution, National Police, Rwanda Investigation Bureau, Civil Society Organizations , Media and Key Populations and Networks of PLWHIV.

The overall objective of the symposium was to substantiate the linkages between AIDS epidemic , GBV and Human Rights which would include bringing together several relevant stakeholders working around human rights, health and GBV for them to understand the linkages and discuss on actionable recommendations.

The symposium embarked on in-depth discussions regarding:

  • Human Rights Principles in the Protection of PLWHIV/ Key Populations under the UN System
  • Legal Framework on the legal protection of PLWHIV/Key Populations in Rwanda
  • The status of the AIDS epidemic and response in Rwanda
  • Linkages between HIV/AIDS, GBV and Human Rights decisions from courts on HIV/AIDS , GBV and Human Rights
  • CSO engagement in advocacy and delivery of HIV services to key populations
  • The role of Law enforcement agencies in the protection of PLWHIV and Key Populations
  • The role of Parliamentarians in realizing the right to health and ending AIDS: The historic resolution of the Pan Resolution of the Pan African Parliament.

From 30th to 31st May 2018, Rwanda NGOs forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion participated in a workshop on CSOs sustainability, Policy and Advocacy, and Resource Mobilization to ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness of CSOs. The workshop was organized by RGB and it took place from Golden TULIP Hotel, Nyamata District

1st International Steering Committee meeting in Kigali-Rwanda

After discussion on the agenda, group work were done and the following were agreed on:
1. Theme and objectives of the 20th edition of ICASA were finalized and endorsed:
Theme:
AIDS FREE AFRICA
Innovation, Community, and Political Leadership
ICASA 2019 Objectives:
• Promote Community, scientific, and technological innovations for ending AIDS
• Advocate for Financing, sustainable national health responses, political leadership and accountability
• Advocate for strengthened health systems and multi sectoral collaboration to integrate co-morbidities, emerging infections and NCDs;
• Rethink gender norms, human-rights based approaches and inclusion towards equitable and accessible HIV and AIDS services including Key Populations
• Promote youth-driven and youth-friendly approaches for and AIDS-Free generation
2. An appropriate logo for the ICASA 2019 from the shortlisted logos was selected
3. ICASA 2019 draft plenary session topics and speakers were proposed

Picture with ICASA 2019 Theme, Objectives and Logo

RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP participated in a workshop conducted by RGB-and UNDP consultants for all guarantees of the project: “Strengthening Civil Society Organizations for Responsive and Accountable Governance” targeting senior Managers and Executives.

Participants attended the workshop organized by RGB through UNDP support

 

Annual Needs Assessment and National Consultative Dialogue on Health Policy in East Africa

Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion participated in a consultative meeting held at The Grand Legacy Hotel in Kigali on 1st October 2018 and sponsored by EAHP (East African Health Platform) an advocacy forum for Private Sector Organizations (PSOs), Civil Society organizations CSOs), faith Based Organizations FBOs) and other interest groups working on health in East Africa along side SHAPE (Strengthening Health Access & Policies in East Africa) and SPECTARIS a German industry association for the high-tech medium-sized business sector and representative body in the areas of medical technology, optical technologies and analytical, biological, laboratory, and ophthalmic devices .
The dialogues objectives were :

       • How best EAHP can involve the private sector in health promotion
       • How health can show a significant impact among other country priorities
       • How to encourage policy makers to sit and have relevant and fruitful discussions on how best to engage in health for all.
       • Which bigger areas to engage in the next five years and discuss on concrete strategies.

The roles of EAHP include:
        • Interest representation
        • Coordination and Networking
        • Linkage to the East African Community
        • Support for growth (Majorly for its members)
EAHP has a regional advocacy agenda as one of its major priorities for its current and future partners in the private sector. EAHP is set to register in each country in the East African Community so as to engage non state actors more still encourage nations to act on health priorities with vigor by ensuring they are fully financed and that they reach everyone.
EAHP wants to learn from other umbrellas in Rwanda, share ideas and experiences since all partners are treated equal. EAHP CEO also pointed out on the priority of orienting on consultative dialogue framework to discuss on which bigger areas to engage in the next five years (2019-2023). For the EAHP a successful partnership with CSOs and private sector to yield significant results, there should be a strong element of trust, confidence and accountability. For stronger country and regional partnerships, EAHP will always meet and report to the Secretary General of the EAC so as to highlight what partners in the EACs are doing in the health sector alongside their government health ministries , in the long run EAHP wil be able to garner advocacy on a wide range of health issues, solicit for funds from potential state and regional as well as international donors through fundraising drives.

EAHP highlighted its Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) that it would wish to include all the partners and the TWGs include:
         • Registration of Health Professionals
         • Health systems and policy
         • Non-Communicable and Communicable Diseases
         • Medicine, food safety and health technology
         • SRH& HIV/AIDS/STDs.
EAHP pointed out that it will carry out an annual planning workshop in November 2018 to discuss and plan on the relevant comprehensive health priorities and how best to involve partners and non state actors nationally and regionally.

EAHP team on a visit to RNGOF Office

Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS & Health Promotion attended the Country Consultations to validate the Draft Needs Assessment report of EAC Secretariat and Partner States’ knowledge Management (KM) Platform. The meeting was attended by participants from government (RBC), MINEACOM, EAC Team, and 10 National NGOs from Civil Society Organization.

This meeting was conducted in all the EAC Partner State.

In Rwanda the EAC team was represented by Dr. Michael KATENDE and Ms. Magdalene Mutie. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a comprehensive and functional regional KMP for HIV and AIDS, TB and STI and other Health Priorities.

Specifically the EAC KMP will:

  1. Increase sharing and usage of regional, country and globally generated evidence exchange and learning of best practices in HIV/AIDS, TB and STIs and other Health areas, to inform policies and programing;
  2. Support and strengthen mechanisms for exchange of experiences and best practices, research findings and linkages between Partner States, academia, implementing partners and research institutions;
  3. Build capacity at Country levels for establishing efficient mechanisms for knowledge generation, use and dissemination,; and
  4. Provide an opportunity for Partner States to network and showcase the successes and challenges experienced in the EAC Region.

The overall objective of this CSO National Advocacy Meeting is to share update on the epidemics (HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis) increase partners’ comment to accelerate implementation of evidence informed programs in alignment with National Strategy for Transformation and Prosperity (Economic, social and governance) sustainably.

  1. Specific Objectives of the Meeting
  • To share successes, best practices and challenges of CSOs and their contribution to the delivery of prevention, treatment and care support services for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.
  • To encourage partners to support CSOs in order to ensure they continue playing a key role in the national HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria response in the future.
  • To further encourage partners to promote sustainability of CSOs through facilitation of Income Generating Activities.
  • EXPECTED RESULTS
  • Current status on the epidemics (HIV, TB and Malaria) and response shared
  • Increased Partners’ commitment to sustain greater involvement of CSOs to Fast Track Response to HIV, TB and Malaria
  • Strategies to accelerate evidence informed civil society’ contribution identified and applied into long term planning
  1. METHODOLOGY

The meeting will adopt a participatory approach where participants are expected to contribute meaningfully to the discussions. The meeting will be moderated by UNAIDS and will include guiding presentations on the progress of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria programs implemented in Rwanda.

  1. PARTICIPANTS

The advocacy meeting will hold 80 participants coming from CSOs, public institutions, National Programs, UN Agencies, multi- and bilateral organizations:

  1. Government Institutions:
  2. Ministry of Health (MoH), (2)
  3. Rwanda Bio Medical Center (RBC) (3)
  4. Rwanda Governance Board (1)

  1. Civil Society Organizations (Single and Umbrella)
  2. RRP+ (5)
  3. RICH (5)
  4. UPHLS (3)
  5. ABASIRWA (5)
  6. Rwanda NGOs Forum (2)
  7. Imbuto Foundation (1)
  8. ProfemmesTwesehamwe (1)
  9. Kigali Hope Association (1)
  10. Girimpuhwe Association (1)
  11. Amahoro Human Rights Association (1)
  12. Rwanda Civil Society Platform (1)
  13. SFH (1)
  14. AEE Rwanda (1)
  15. Caritas Rwanda (1)
  16. IMRO (1)
  17. SFR (1)
  18. HDI (1)
  19. ANSP+ (3)
  20. FVA (1)
  21. ASOFERWA (1)
  22. SOLUVAS (1)
  23. Hope for living (1)
  24. HRFRA (1)
  25. CCN (1)
  26. BAMPOREZE Association (1)
  27. AGHR (1)
  28. RNUD (1)
  29. RUB (1)

 

  1. International Organizations:
  2. FHI 360 (1)
  3. CBM Rwanda (1)
  4. World Vision (1)
  5. Plan Rwanda (1)
  6. AHF Rwanda (1)
  7. ADRA Rwanda (1)
  8. HANDICAP International (1)
  9. VSO (1)
  10. Save the Children (1)
  11. Care International (1)
  12. JPIEGO (1)

 

  1. Country Agencies:
  2. PEPFAR (1)
  3. USAID (1)
  4. CDC (1)
  5. GIZ (1)
  6. CTB (1)
  7. EU (1)
  8. DFID (1)
  9. SIDA (1)
  10. JICA (1)
  11. SNV (1)

 

  1. UN Agencies:
  2. UNAIDS (1)
  3. UNICEF (1)
  4. UNFPA (1)
  5. WHO (1)
  6. UNDP (1)
  7. UNHCR (1)

RNGOF on HIV/AIDS & HP with the support from @RGB in the project of strengthening Civil Society Organization for response and accountable Governance in Rwanda, has organized a training to strengthening the capacity of member NGOs by empowering them with necessary skills

 

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria acknowledges that meaningful and ongoing engagement from civil society and communities is at the heart of what makes for effective grants. The Global response to the three diseases must involve all stakeholders in order to achieve sustainable impact and results that are owned by effected communities. In the context of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals for health, the meaningful engagement of all, especially key and vulnerable populations, is needed now more that ever to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 20230. To achieve our targets, enhanced engagement will only be possible if we have the necessary knowledge and information and a coordinated and collective effort.

Opening Remarks and Keynotes Address

The objectives of the Regional Platform are to:

1. Enhance knowledge of civil society and community groups on the Global Fund and access to TA

2. Coordinate with other TA initiatives and programmes in the region

3. Improve understanding of TA /capacity development gaps for civil society and community groups

4. Strengthen and support Strategic civil society and community group capacity development initiatives.

Felicite Rwemalika (Chair Person RNGO on HIV/AIDS & Health Propmotion)

Marc Ndayiragije (Chair Person EANNASO)

 

 

Workshop Objectives

The following are specific workshop objectives:

1. Introduce the Global Fund’s new Strategy for 2017-2019 and the new grant architecture for the 2017-2019 grant cycle, identifying critical entry points for civil society and communities to operationalize the strategy and engage in the funding model. This also includes new policies including the strategic objective on human rights and gender equality, as well as the sustainability, transition and co-financing policy.

2. To share experiences of effective civil society and community engagement in the 2014 – 2016 grant cycle, identifying needs, barriers to engagement, tools, information requirements and good practice country examples that can be applied to support to support the next round of funding request.

3. Explore opportunities for accessing technical assistance in the context to the new CRG Strategic Initiative for 2017 – 2019 and other related Strategic initiatives, as well as identifying other TA opportunities which build synergies between the Regional Platform and Other TA providers and programs within the region.

Caoimhe Smyth (From Stop TB Partnership)

Workshop outcomes

At conclusion of the workshop, participants will have:

1. A clear understanding of the Global Fund’s (new) policies and procedures, including its new Strategy for 2017 – 2022 (with a close-up to the human rights and gender objectives), catalytic investments, sustainability and transition, the new differentiated application process for 2017 – 2019, and how civil society and communities can effectively engage throughout the funding model.

2. Shared learned from the experience needs other civil society and community groups in engaging in country dialogue during the development of the country funding requests from the region with the aim of identifying lessons for future use.

3. Mapped out technical assistance needs as well as opportunities to stimulate demand for TA and enhance the regional Platform’s ability to broker this support. Identified Strategies, tools, guidelines, methodologies and information packages that will support civil society and community group engagement in Global Fund processes.

Participants

* Representatives from civil society as well as key and vulnerable population’s networks and organizations from across the region, including representatives from youth networks

* Civil society, people living with or affected by the diseases and key population CCM members

* Civil society, people living with or affected by the diseases and key population implementers (Prs and Srs and SSRs)

* Civil society TA providers

* Civil society and community representative on various platforms including GFATM board, UNAIDS PCB, Union AfriYAN, Africa TB Caucus and Global Coalition on TB Activist and STOP TB Partnership

* RCNF grantees in the regional

Eradication of all barriers that could compromise the behaviour change of Rwandan population by way of which men, women and children are protected from HIV/AIDS and PLWHA are able to partake in the same rights as all citizens. ×
To promote, coordinate, monitor and evaluate activities of NGOs engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Rwanda, Networking and advocacy for civil society involvement in all HIV/AIDS program and policy development in order to improve the living conditions of the affected communities ×
Increase civil society capacity to implement effective community responses on HIV & AIDS, Malaria, TB and non communicable diseases ; Strengthen communities' influence in national programming and in national and international policies; Strengthen the NGO Forum on HIV/AIDS as a partnership of strong national linking organizations for health promotion; Enhance the capacity of members and other stakeholders to effectively respond to HIV & AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and non communicable diseases and their impact Enhance greater participation of members and other stakeholders to advocate for development and implementation of policies on HIV & AIDS, Malaria, TB and non communicable diseases Increase access to resources by members through mobilization, grant making and management Increase access to resources by members through mobilization, grant making and accountability ×
Rwanda NGO Forum on HIV/AIDS upholds the following guiding principles: Respect, transparency and accountability; Information dissemination; Anti-stigma and discrimination; Time management; Commitment and good governance; Civil Society commitment to National and international declarations. ×