When civil society has a seat at the table, they give a voice to the communities most at risk of or heavily affected by AIDS, TB and malaria
When it comes to dealing with global health challenges, representatives of civil society may not always be the most popular people in the room as they press for prioritizing marginalized and stigmatized groups. Yet, they may be the most impactful in ensuring that progress is made. The fact is that in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, civil society is an instrumental partner in advocacy and implementation. This sometimes means that it has to show some muscle.
We saw that very clearly in the beginning of the AIDS movement. There were times when the community was ahead of just about everyone else in terms of knowledge about the epidemic. AIDS showed what a difference advocacy can make. And civil society advocates were and r...
This Global Fund technical brief supports grant applicants to include programmes to remove human rights and gender-related barriers to HIV services. It also gives advice on implementing human rights-based and gender-responsive approaches to HIV.
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The Equitable Access Initiative (EAI) was launched in early 2015 by the heads of multilateral organizations engaged in global health: GAVI, the Global Fund, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNITAID, the World Bank and WHO. The purpose was to consider alternatives to GNI as a framework to assess countries’ need for external financial support for health. Currently, the convening organizations use GNI in different ways to determine key policies, including eligibility and co-financing policies.
A high level panel was established with co-chairs Pascal Lamy, former head of the World Trade Organisation, and Donald Kaberuka, former head of the African Development Bank. At the first EAI Expert Panel Meeting in February 2015, Panel members and the nine convening organisations were in agreement that the World Bank’s GNI per capita country classification system, designed for World Bank lending decisions, was being used far more broadly in hea...
Civil society involvement – in advocacy, in governance, and in the design, delivery and monitoring of programs – is critical to the effort to save lives and respond to AIDS, TB and malaria. Since 2014, the Global Fund has been working directly with community-based organizations and representatives of people living with the diseases and of key populations to ensure timely and effective engagement. These eight case studies demonstrate how expanded dialogue and increased participation has led to more focused and responsive programming – and more impact on the diseases.