Here I Am is a campaign of global activists seeking to bring the voices of those affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria into dialogue about the decisions that affect their lives. 2013 is a critical year for the Global Fund which since its creation in 2002, has become the main financier of AIDS, TB and malaria programs funding over 1000 projects valued at over $22 billion in 151 countries. This year, the Global Fund needs to replenish its funds to support programs in 2014-2016. Fully funding the Global Fund is the focus of the Here I Am campaign.
As part of the Here I Am campaign, I have brought you stories from the grassroots and perspectives from people as varied as those who work with harm reduction programs and the head of the Stop TB Partnership here on my blog. I will continue to bring you stories in the coming months as advocates for the Global Fund around the world attempt to generate the political will to fund the fight against these three diseases.
This weeks' video is a New Year video -- it expresses the new year's wishes of some of those activists who I work closely with on the Here I Am campaign.
You'll also find this video, our inaugural video of women in support of the Global Fund, our campaign Ambassadors and many others on our website. If you are one of the people whose life or community has been affected by these three diseases, be a part of the Here I Am campaign and share your story with the world.
We should all use these stories to encourage policy and decision makers to increase their financial support to the Global Fund because it is people who are living with and fighting these diseases who are most affected when funding falls short. You can download and use any of these stories to send to your representatives and political leaders, and to your personal networks to let them know how important the Global Fund is to the lives of millions of people.
Ten years ago, tackling HIV, tuberculosis and malaria seemed an almost impossible task. Today, progress and innovation has brought us to a point where we can see the beginning of the end of these three killer diseases. But to make these historic achievements possible we need sufficient resources available.
The Here I Am campaign is starting the year with wishes, but we won't stop there. We will work hard to create the political will to make a fully funded Global Fund possible in 2013 so that we can begin to end AIDS, TB and malaria.
Lucy Chesire: TB-HIV advocate from Kenya, Alternate Board Member of the Global Fund Board Communities Delegation
About the Here I Am campaign: The Here I Am campaign is a global call on world leaders to save millions of lives by supporting a fully funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Here I Am brings the voices of people who are directly affected by AIDS, TB and malaria into dialogue about decisions that affect their lives and the lives of millions of others in their countries. Through video testimonies from all over the world, campaign ambassador advocacy, online actions and on-the-ground mobilizations, the Here I Am campaign is building collective power to end three of the world's most deadly diseases. www.hereiamcampaign.org