At the end of the 4th Annual Anglophone Civil Society and Community Group Learning and Experience Sharing forum, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Africa, has been called to work together to support their governments in mobilising citizens to fight the scourge of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria on the continent.
The aim of the forum, hosted by the Eastern Africa National Network of AIDS and Health Service Organizations (EANNASO), was to have a regional response that contributed to effective halting and reversing of the trends of the AIDS epidemics, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa.
Executive Director of the Kenyan NGOs Consortium (KANCO), Mr Allan Rogi said in an interview, “The scourge of the three diseases could only be addressed when citizens are mobilized, educated, and provided the needed services to help them survive.”
Mr Rogi further said, “I think the reasons why we need to work as one family, and as one continent, is that having HIV is not somebody’s choice, secondly, if we do differentiated approaches, we are likely to win. If we keep some people away, we will always be struggling.”
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Mr Rogi was speaking to the GNA at the end of the forum, held in Nairobi, Kenya under the theme: Achieving the Global Fund’s Objectives by Enhancing Community Engagement in Anglophone Africa: Lessons learned and opportunities for the Future”.
Over 80 participants from more than 25 African countries, including representatives of the Non-State Actors – Ghana, attended the two-day forum organised in collaboration with KANCO and the Global Fund.
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At the end of the forum, all the participants agreed on the need for Africa to increase efforts at reducing new HIV infections, which kept increasing, the need to invest in adolescents programming and services to help reduce the diseases, as well as to eradicate stigma and discrimination among people living with HIV and TB.