This UNAIDS guidance document offers practical advice on why and how efforts to Fast-Track HIV services should be grounded in human rights principles and approaches. It includes three checklists to support and guide the design, monitoring and evaluation of HIV services in order to realize human rights and equity in the AIDS response.
The document informs the development of Global Fund concept notes, national Fast-Track plans and other work to accelerate the response to HIV. It provides practical guidance to national policy-makers, HIV programme implementers, communities, civil society organizations, the United Nations and donors as they design, oversee, fund, monitor and implement efforts to Fast-Track HIV programmes.
Implementation of the Charter to protect patients’ rights is an important criterion to achieve patient-centered approach and receive financial support from the Global Fund. Our study aims to explore the knowledge of tuberculosis (TB) patients about their rights and responsibilities at the Chest Disease Unit of the Bahawal Victoria Hospital, Bahawalpur, Pakistan.
Discriminatory access to TB care services and the right to privacy were two major concerns identified in this study. However, the respondents recognized their responsibilities as a TB patient. To ensure uninterrupted investment from the Global Fund, there is a need to implement fair TB care policies which support human rights-based approach.
Publisher: Health and Human Rights Journal , December 2015, Vol 17, No. 2
In response to new scientific developments, UNAIDS, WHO, and global health financing institutions have joined together to promote a “fast-track” global scale-up of testing and treatment programs. They have set ambitious targets toward the goal of ending the three diseases by 2030. These numerical indicators, based on infectious disease modeling, can assist in measuring countries’ progressive realization of the right to health. However, they only nominally reference the catastrophic impact that human rights abuses have on access to health services; they also do not measure the positive impact provided by law reform, legal aid, and other health-related human rights programs. Drawing on experience at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has incorporated expanded stakeholder consultation and human rights programming into its grants, the article argues that addres...
Publisher: Mookherji et al., Globalization and Health (2015) 11:21
Objective/Background: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria (GF) strives for high value for money, encouraging countries to integrate synergistic services and systems strengthening to maximize investments. The GF needs to show how, and how much, its grants support more than just HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) has been part of HIV/AIDS grants since 2007. Previous studies showed the GF PBF system does not allow resource tracking for SRH integration within HIV/AIDS grants. We present findings from a resource tracking case study using primary data collected at country level.
Results: All HIV/AIDS grants in Ethiopia support SRH integration activities (12-100%). Using activities within SDAs, expenditures directly supporting SRH integration increased from 25% to 66% for the largest HIV/AIDS grant, and from 21%...
GFAN was invited as a Guest of the Chair to the 33rd Global Fund Board Meeting in Geneva and to observe and participate in the meetings of the Developed Country NGO Delegation. This document provides an overview of the Board Meeting process, key documents and important issues and potential advocacy opportunities for civil society.
For 3 days before the Board Meeting, all 3 civil society (CS) delegations (Developed Country NGO, Developing Country NGO and Communities) held separate and joint preparatory meetings. For those who have never participated in a Board Meeting, the delegations meet – separately first and then jointly – ahead of time to determine what key interventions are needed: sometimes they agree to take those forward jointly, some not. Following that, the CS delegations have a series of meetings together and separately with various officials and other delegations of the Boar...
This report reflects on the founding values of the Global Fund, where it has made progress and where it has fallen short. It outlines three critical areas that require attention and advocacy:
realizing the Global Fund’s human rights objectives
preserving support in middle income countries
supporting access to medicines for all at the lowest possible price
A period of changing global health governance and a dramatically shifting geography of poverty are part of the context for this briefing paper’s consideration of the impact of changes at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, including the Fund’s so-called New Funding Model.
This report is a resource for advocates working to assess the impact of the New Funding Model and to help shape the next five-year strategy.