Gender Equality and the Global Fund |

The Global Fund launched HER in 2018 to drive down HIV infection rates among adolescent girls and young women through partnerships with the private sector in 13 priority countries. This is just one of the programs that the Global Fund funds to promote gender equality and ensure that women and girls are able to take charge of their own health.

Working together with PEPFAR and other organizations, the Global Fund has increased our investments in adolescent girls and young women fi vefold in the 2017-2019 period, to US$200 million. The Global Fund’s matching funds program used US$55 million to mobilize an additional US$140 million for programs to reduce new HIV infections, violence, and unintended pregnancies among 1 million adolescent girls and young women in 13 hardest-hit countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

See the results of this initiative and others in the fight against AIDS in the Global Fund’s Results Report 2019.

Below, GFAN Speaker Loyce Maturu shares her experiences at the Women Deliver event Women’s Empowerment: From Local to Global. Her story shows why the Global Fund’s programs are still so important and why we need to Step Up the Fight to fully fund the Global Fund’s 6th Replenishment.

For more on the role of the Global Fund on Delivering Gender Equality see our blog post from July: