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The Dundun
Chronicling Health Advocacy Beat in Africa

August Newsletter
Issue 7, 2019
TICAD VII: African leaders commit to reducing childhood stunting and
all forms of malnutrition

Yokohama, 30 August 2019. TICAD is a platform for discussing important issues related to Africa’s development, and a process that allows all TICAD partners — African Union Member States, Japan, co-organizers and other development partners, private sector and civil society — to come together for the further development of the continent.

The Yokohama Plan of Actions 2019 which accompanies the The Yokohama Declaration 2019, lists actions expected to be implemented by the TICAD partners in order to promote focus areas of the three main pillars of the Yokohama Declaration 2019 adopted at TICAD 7.

As per the Yokohama Plan of action, African leadership has prioritized nutrition and with support from the government of Japan has specifically committed to reducing childhood stunning and all forms of malnutrition. According to the action plan, the Africa Regional Nutrition Strategy 2015-2025, is the African Union flagship initiative within which this commitment will be realized.

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In Yokohama, Leveraging SDGs to deliver UHC for Women and Girls
             Meeting with the minister of health Ethiopia and she told me that Ethiopia is geared to have the meeting with their French Embassy 

WACI Health and GFAN Africa were in Yokohama on 28th August on the sidelines of TICAD 7 for a meeting on “Leveraging the SDGs to deliver Universal Health Coverage for Women and girls in East Africa: Lessons from the Communities” the meeting was co-hosted with the SDGs Kenya Forum and Eastern Africa national networks of AIDS and health service organizations (EANNASO) in collaboration with AMREF Health Africa and Kenya Aids NGO Consortium (KANCO). 
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Young Women Must be Empowered to Step Up The Fight

On 4 September, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum for Africa, WACI Health, GFAN Africa, the Global Fund and partners in South Africa hosted young women from South Africa who and had conversations with experts on empowering young women. Young women must overcome barriers that hold them back and increase their vulnerability to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Only when they are empowered can they #stepupthefight so that we #getbackontrack.

In the format of panel discussions and a world café, discussants beamed the spotlight on the status of young women and HIV in Africa, stepping up opportunities for young women at the work place and increasing young women’s access to business, work, and education opportunities.
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African advocates thank Japan!

Together with WACI Health and AHF Kenya, GFAN Africa visited the Embassy of Japan in Kenya, met His Excellency Ambassador Ryoichi Horie and thanked him for Japan’s early and increased pledge of $840 million USD for the 6th Replenishment of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dr Kinyanjui, the Executive Director of AHF Kenya, commended Japan for their global health leaderships, and explained how Japan’s contribution to the Global Fund’s 6th Replenishment will save millions of lives, avert millions of new infections, and get us closer to achieving SDG3 for the health and wellbeing of all.

His Excellency Ambassador Horie re-stated Japan’s commitment to and interest in global health, adding that Japan collaborates with the Government of Kenya and countries in the region on healthcare. He mentioned that health will be one of the areas of focus during the upcoming TICAD 7 meeting in Yokohama on 28 August 2019.
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