The idiom that if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again came true for Friends of the Global Fund Africa (Friends Africa) of Nigeria who finally emerged winner of the $100,000 ONE Africa Award at the third time of trying.
The announcement, during a glittering ceremony that was beamed live on Africa’s biggest reality show, Big Brother Africa, was a fitting honour to Friends and the excellent work that they do.
Friends Africa supports the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in partnership with the Global Fund. They do this by campaigning with civil society, the private sector and governments. Friends Africa’s advocacy work has supported the Global Fund in galvanizing support from African governments, private sector and civil society while also mobilising resources through its Gift from Africa campaign and Africa Champions for Health Initiative.
But it is their ability to demonstrate innovation and impact that had Friends Africa emerge as the winner from a pool of 120 impressive applications from 22 countries across Africa.
Each year, The ONE Africa Award celebrates and highlights innovation and progress made by African led civil society organisation towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The $100,000 prize money is underwritten by an endowment from The Howard G. Buffet Foundation.
Dr Sipho S. Moyo, ONE Africa Executive Director said: “Through partnerships, innovation and proactivity, Friends Africa continue to make excellent contribution to the fight against preventable diseases in Nigeria and in Africa. It is indeed that this award came on the eve of World Aids Day.”
Last year, the award went to the Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) of Tanzania who said that: “Winning the ONE Award took us to another level in our advocacy work at regional and continental level. The ONE Award has been a priceless addition to our organization. It opened up doors for effective advocacy and new partnerships”
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