The Global COVID Communities Board (GCCB) was established in August 2022, to ensure that the voices of communities and people with lived experience of COVID are central to global action on COVID, and to prepare for future pandemics so that responses build on the lived experiences of communities and those most affected. GCCB brings together individuals from communities directly affected by COVID, including those living with Long COVID (also known as PASC, post-acute sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection), as well as those who are part of community-based organizations, networks or groups who advocate for, and represent the broader voices of communities experiencing severe impacts of COVID-19.
The idea for GCCB emerged through the multi-stakeholder structures of ACT-A (the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator) and is now focused on engaging in a meaningful way with ACT-A and its successor global structures, especially those focused on meeting the needs of low-income and middle-income countries. The GCCB works with the ACT-A Civil Society Platform to engage with ACT-A; the Platform provides some secretariat support to GCCB.
GCCB is a new and emerging structure which seeks to engage with diverse communities with lived experiences of COVID in all countries. Currently GCCB members come from Bangladesh, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and the UK – they include people with a broad range of experiences of COVID and who are working at local, regional and global levels to advance the response. The GCCB organizational and Governance structures are emerging and in November 2022 GCCB members elected two co-Chairs to lead their work: Dr Fatima Fanna (Nigeria) and Ms. Robin Gorna (UK/South Africa), and has recently established a series of Working Groups.
The GCCB is developing a three-year strategic plan. This will be developed during the period of ACT-A transition, and will therefore be delivered in March 2023. GCCB looks forward to expanding its membership as the mandate and role grows. In the meantime, GCCB members will utilize multiple global opportunities, including through ACT-A, to represent the voices and needs of their communities which are most impacted by COVID-19, ensuring that lived experiences are brought into dialogues with ACT-A, the Pandemic Fund and other global structures.