About the author:

The Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS and Health Service Organizations (EANNASO) is a regional umbrella body bringing together civil society and community group voices to inform policies and improve the programming of HIV, TB, malaria and other health issues present in the communities. Found in 2002, EANNASO is made up of seven national networks of AIDS and Health Promotion Service Organizations in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania [Mainland and Zanzibar] and Uganda.

Though EANNASO is an east Africa membership organization, the organization works with civil society and communities in the broader Anglophone Africa and remains the only surviving sub-regional HIV, TB and health network. EANNASO is known for coordinating civil society and community expertise as its strongest niche and building on existing capacities to strengthen the voice of civil society and community groups.

Olive Mumba is the Executive Director of EANNASO. She has 19 years of experience working directly with civil society and community groups in the areas of HIV, TB and malaria in East Africa and Anglophone Africa. She believes ending the three epidemics is only possible with meaningful engagement of communities and leaving no one behind. As a regional and global health activist, most of her work has spanned around influencing health policies, legislation and programing, health financing, promoting community systems, human rights and gender equality and strengthening engagement of civil society and communities to effectively engage in national decision-making platforms related to health. She sits on several boards, coalitions and advisory groups representing civil society aiming at influencing policies and decisions, including the: Developing Country NGO Delegation to The Stop TB Partnership Board, Steering Committee of Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) Africa, the African Civil Society Platform on Health (CISPHA), and the Civic Commission for Africa (CCFA) working on TICAD affairs. She is the Co-chair of the East African Community (EAC) Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Policies and Legislation Steering Committee.

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