Established by a resolution of African Health ministers in 2012, the African Constituencies Bureau for the Global Fund (ACB) was set up to be a platform for facilitating engagement, participation and consensus building among East and Southern Africa (ESA) and West and Central Africa (WCA) constituent countries in Global Fund policies and governance engagements. Also known as “The Bureau”, the organization is an operational hub and policy think tank of the WCA and ESA Global Fund constituencies and begun its formal operations in March 2017. The purpose of the Bureau is to ensure effective engagement, representation and participation of the Africa constituencies in Global Fund processes as well as enhancing the capacity of the Africa constituencies to shape Global Fund policies and processes.
Given that African countries are largely Anglophone and Francophone, meetings bringing countries together have presented the need to have parallel interpretation services from English to French and vice versa. This optimizes the participation of both blocks of countries.
With the 2030 target of ending HIV and AIDS on the horizon, the Global Fund and UNAIDS have both launched ambitious strategies both of which have enormous implications for Africa – the most HIV/AIDS burdened continent. The new Global AIDS Strategy 2021 – 2026 (End Inequalities. End AIDS) is a bold new approach to use an inequalities lens to close the gaps that are preventing progress towards ending AIDS. The Strategy sets out evidence-based priority actions and bold targets to get every country and every community on-track to end AIDS as a public health by 2030. The new Global Fund Strategy 2023 – 2028 (Fighting Pandemics and Building a Healthier and More Equitable World) outlines ten areas that are different and will receive focused attention, including an intensified focus on prevention, a more systematic approach to supporting the development and integration of community systems for health, and much greater emphasis on data-driven decision-making. Given the burden of HIV, TB and malaria in Africa, the continent will need to proactively prepare to implement both strategies. This Africa-wide mobilization meeting therefore seeks to launch Africa’s preparations towards developing ambitious plans to effectively implement the Global AIDS and Global Fund strategies. In order to advance the renewed fight against HIV/AIDS UNAIDS and the ACB will co-host and engage African stakeholders.
To optimize the importance of these meetings, the ACB needs interpretation services. This will ensure effective communication in both languages (English and French). Interpretation services will be needed for the Africa HIV/Aids Consultative and Mobilization Meeting in Nairobi – Kenya (April 11-13, 2022). The expected number of participants are likely to be 50.
SCOPE OF WORK
Qualified providers will provide the following services:
Simultaneous interpretation services from English to French and vice versa during the three-days meeting; and
Headphones and listening equipment.
REPORTING The interpreters will report to the Advocacy and Communication lead at the ACB.