Global & Regional Initiatives

Advocating at the global and regional level to improve access to, and uptake of, HIV care and treatment services

United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms

From June 8-10, 2016, The United Nations held a High Level Meeting (HLM) on HIV and AIDS where UN Member States adopted a political declaration on the global HIV epidemic that includes ambitious pediatric treatment and EMTCT targets and other political commitments in support of ending AIDS in children. Leading up to this meeting EPGAF advocated for the inclusion of such strong language and targets by being a panelist in an Informal Civil Society Hearing at the UN in New York in April 2016, and a Panel on Children, Adolescents, and Young Women at the HLM, as well as through extensive engagement with governments. EGPAF made a statement at the June 2016 UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Meeting in Geneva highlighting the important outcomes on children and adolescents from the High Level Meeting and the need to take action on these commitments.

Advocacy Tool Kit for African First Ladies

EGPAF works closely with the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) to accelerate progress in eliminating new HIV infections among children, adolescents and women by 2020. Among the areas of our partnership is a focus on raising the capacity of First Ladies and their Technical Advisors to advocate on elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT), pediatric HIV treatment, adolescents and HIV.  This work includes providing support and monitoring visits to enhance the impact that the First Ladies have in country and the sub-regions. We also work to link the advocacy work of  African First Ladies to global initiatives and structures, such as Start Free Stay Free AIDS. In January 2018, OAFLA, the African Union and Partners including EGPAF launched the Free to Shine Campaign to drive action to end pediatric AIDS in Africa through driving effective delivery and use of  health services in line with OAFLA strategic plan the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

To see EGPAF’s previous toolkit with OAFLA on pediatric HIV treatment  click here.

United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

From June 8-10, 2016, The United Nations held a High Level Meeting (HLM) on HIV and AIDS where UN Member States adopted a political declaration on the global HIV epidemic that includes ambitious pediatric treatment and EMTCT targets and other political commitments in support of ending AIDS in children. Leading up to this meeting EPGAF advocated for the inclusion of such strong language and targets by being a panelist in an Informal Civil Society Hearing at the UN in New York in April 2016, and a Panel on Children, Adolescents, and Young Women at the HLM, as well as through extensive engagement with governments. EGPAF made a statement at the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Meeting in Geneva highlighting the important outcomes on children and adolescents from the High Level Meeting and the need to take action on these commitments.

AIDS Watch Africa (AWA)

The African Union created AIDS Watch Africa as a political advocacy platform to more directly engage African Heads of States in TB, HIV and malaria on the continent. As a member of the AWA Consultative Experts Committee, EGPAF is involved in generating documentation for consideration by the AWA Heads of State and Government, conducting advocacy and networking with partners in and outside Africa, and following up on implementation of the recommendations of the AWA Action Committee.