Global First Ladies Alliance Joins One by One: Target 2030

Combatting COVID-19 and Championing the needs of Women and Children

August 4 — The Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) continues their work of fighting COVID-19 by joining the One by One: Target 2030 UHC Coalition in support of its sub-campaign, One by One: Target COVID-19 which was launched in partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union in April 2020. During this pandemic, the coalition is supporting the African Union in its COVID-19 response by advocating for increased financing for the Africa COVID-19 Response Fund to strengthen the Africa CDC’s capacity for securing essential diagnostics and medical supplies. GFLA is joining One by One Campaign founders, The Access Challenge and  the Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete Foundation to ensure that steps to combat COVID-19 include equitable access to services for the most vulnerable, and that these actions contribute towards a vision for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa. 

 

GFLA supports  First Ladies’ offices in their efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and address the impact  on women and children, who bear a disproportionate health burden and face increased rates of domestic violence. Through advocacy and strong leadership to address the national and global challenges facing women and children, First Ladies can  help accelerate the efforts towards achieving UHC in Africa.   

 

In their collaboration with One by One, GFLA will be continuing their efforts to help combat COVID-19 through participating in strategic communications campaigns with the Africa CDC, engaging leadership and highlighting the specific needs of the most vulnerable during this pandemic . The Target COVID-19 campaign also includes partnering with cultural influencers and African media houses, as well as op-ed pieces and a virtual panel discussion, all of which will be targeted specifically towards advocacy efforts to protect women and children during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

The Global First Ladies Alliance is  joining a powerhouse of partners, alongside the African Union, Africa CDC and WHO AFRO, on the broader One by One: Target 2030 Campaign to drive political commitment to UHC across Africa by 2030. 

 

One by One Coalition members include: The Rockefeller Foundation, MSD for Mothers, Special Olympics, Women in Global Health Cameroon, Clouds Media Group, the African Union, the Africa CDC, WHO AFRO.

About Global First Ladies Alliance

The Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA ), supports first ladies and first partners, individually and collectively, in their efforts to advance positive change in their communities and around the world. Since 2008, GFLA has directly advised 42 First Ladies and their offices on programmatic and policy initiatives, and helped facilitate productive collaborations between First Ladies and nearly 30 global institutions. GFLA also liaises with Presidents’ offices, ministries and other cabinet officials as their agendas align.

About One by One: Target 2030 Campaign 

One by One: Target 2030 is a multi-level advocacy campaign led by the Access Challenge

and The Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete Foundation in support of WHO's UHC agenda. The Campaign is designed to help drive the collaborative commitment of all African governments to meaningful progress on Universal Access to Health.

 

One by One: Target COVID-19

One by One: Target COVID-19 is a pan-African, coalition-driven communications and advocacy campaign created by The Access Challenge, the African Union, the Africa CDC, and the Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete Foundation. The Coalition supports the African Union in its COVID-19 response by advocating for increased financing for the Africa COVID-19 Response Fund to strengthen the Africa CDC’s capacity for securing essential diagnostics and medical supplies. The Campaign also includes a mass media campaign which mobilizes cultural influencers to promote testing and social prevention measures across the continent.

For press inquiries, please contact:

Caroline Torén, Director of Programs and Operations, caroline@gfla.org

Théa Klement, Communications Manager, thea.klement@accesschallenge.org

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