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.
This briefing paper, sponsored by the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) and the Free Space Process (FSP) partnership, with support from ICSS and ICASO, makes the case for why a fully funded Global Fund is critical and how key and vulnerable population networks are key to achieving the results essential to reaching the people most in need and ending the epidemics.
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