Salud por Derecho with the support of more than 40 organizations from around the world launched a new campaign in May denouncing the lack of funding for the fight against the AIDS pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean. The withdrawal of international aid in middle-income countries, where more than half of people with HIV live, could create a resurgence of the disease as the funding disappears, if funding is not found elsewhere. The most vulnerable populations and civil society organizations that support them will be most affected by the loss of funding.
The NOBODY campaign asks the international donors and organizations, such as the Global Fund, for a change in the resource allocation policies and a protocol for responsible exit, among other requests. At the same time, the campaign asks the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean for:
The participation of LGBT community both in services delivery and strategy development within national HIV responses demonstrated to improve the quality of projects funded by the Global Fund and national HIV/AIDS programs in general. Case studies of participation of LGBT representatives in the Global Fund supported projects, collected by ECOM, show what helps and what hinders meaningful community engagement and how coordination between community organizations and governmental officials could be developed and strengthened.
Since its inception in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) has played a critical role in mobilizing and securing resources to invest in programs that serve key and vulnerable populations.
Key and vulnerable populations are present in all continents, despite continuing official denial of their sheer existence in some regions and countries. Science has taught us that addressing their needs is not only a human rights obligation but also a requirement from an epidemiological and public health point of view. Ending the epidemics will not be possible if we do not increase service coverage among these groups. This requires engagement, empowerment, and mobilization of communities, which is where networks and organizations of key and vulnerable populations are the most effective leaders, and vital Global Fund partners.
These advocacy briefs (accompanying a full report launching at AIDS 2016) released by Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) and the Free Space Process, with support of ICSS and ICASO , examine the evidence around the vital role that key and vulnerable populations play in advancing results through Global Fund investments.
Investment in key and vulnerable populations is needed now more than ever. It is essential to meeting global commitments on HIV, TB, and malaria. We will not achieve the Global Fund Strategy or the SDGs without the scale-up of key population programs.
The Global Fund plays a unique role in investment for key and vulnerable populations. It supports countries to scale-up high quality interventions for key populations – those that are rights- and evidence-based, responding to globally ...
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GFAN Report – Key Populations and the Global Fund: Delivering Key Results
The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) and the Free Space Process, with support of ICSS and ICASO , has released a report and accompanying advocacy briefs that examine the evidence around the vital role that key and vulnerable populations play in advancing results through Global Fund investments.
The initial briefs were aimed at stakeholders who were involved in the 2016 High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS . The full report will be publicized throughout the replenishment campaign with an official media launch at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban in July.