Ukrainian civil society and supporters from European organisations unfurled a large Ukrainian flag on Sq. Schuman (Brussels) forward of the State of the Union Speech given by European Fee’s President Ursual von der Leyen on September 14. The flag, which goals to attract the eye of the EC President on the necessity to scale up investments within the battle in opposition to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, carried the next message: “Expensive European Fee, please pledge 715 million to the World Fund. Ukrainian CSOs”.
This flag is an emblem of solidarity and reveals Ukrainian civil society assist for the work of the World Fund. “When the warfare began on February 24, World Fund was the primary donor to react shortly and successfully. World Fund supplied further emergency funding to assist ongoing applications. With its assist we saved a whole lot of hundreds of lives of our purchasers, sufferers and their households members. Now it’s time to save lots of 20 million lives. The World Fund Replenishment isn’t measured in $ or €. It’s measured in human lives and we shouldn’t permit anybody to cross from this listing!“, – mentioned Andriy Klepikov, Govt Director, Alliance for Public Well being.
The motion closed a global flashmob “Let’s win collectively: #FightForWhatCounts”, began in Kyiv and Lviv(Ukraine), and was a part of Ukrainian civil society’s efforts to advocate for a completely funded World Fund. It was launched by greater than 100 Ukrainian NGOs with the assist of European companions, as a observe as much as an Open letter calling on the President of the European Fee and leaders of different World Fund donor international locations to extend funding for the World Fund by 30%.
“As we now have seen from quite a few examples within the current previous, a rustic at warfare can be prone to an elevated unfold of HIV amongst its inhabitants. Solidarity with Ukraine ought to embrace the battle in opposition to the HIV pandemic. World Fund, having an ideal observe report for his or her work within the EECA area, ought to proceed to be a central instrument to fight HIV in the entire area, with particular consideration to the Ukrainian scenario”, – mentioned Pieter Vanholder, Govt Director, European AIDS Therapy Group.
Organizers of the worldwide flash mob ‘Let’s win collectively: #FightForWhatCounts: the Alliance for Public Well being, Aidsfonds, the European AIDS Therapy Group and World Well being Advocates.