This article provides short summaries of eight of the 13 regional concept notes that were submitted in 2015, that have cleared the reviews by the Technical Review Panel and by the Grant Approvals Committee (first of two) and that were approved for grant-making. We obtained the information from the applicants themselves. When we listed the applicants in a recent article of GFO, we were not able to obtain summaries of the concept notes from the Global Fund Secretariat.
Three of the 13 concept notes have already been approved for funding: the Centre for Health Studies (PAS), the South African Development Community (SADC), and the Kenya NGO AIDS Consortium. We provided summaries of these concept notes in a separate GFO article.
We were not able to obtain summaries of the two regional projects in the Latin America and Caribbean region (in time for this article), for which the applicants were (1) ICW Latina and (2) the Latin America and Caribbean Network of Transgender People (REDLSACTRANS).
East Europe and Central Asia Union of People Living with HIV (ECUO). The project envisaged for three years aims to enhance the effectiveness, accessibility, sustainability and scale-up of HIV treatment programs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with a special emphasis on key populations. The project has two objectives: (1) Create enabling conditions at national and regional levels for facilitating access to HIV care by improving linkages between the main elements of the continuum of HIV care for key populations; and (2) Advocate for transition to the strategic and sustainable state funding of the continuum of HIV care, based on evidence and on the needs of key populations. To support the attainment of these objectives, the project will strengthen the capacity of people living with HIV and key populations, using “learning by doing” approach. [Summary provided by the applicant]
Centre for Health Policies and Studies (PAS). This is a three- year project which aims to decrease the TB burden and impede the drug resistance in 11 EECA countries through increasing political commitment and translating evidence into implementation of patient-centered TB models of care. The project is structured around two main objectives: (1) increase political commitment, regional cooperation and evidence sharing for sustainable transformation of the heath systems supporting effective TB response; and (2) support countries in developing effective and efficient TB service systems backed up by sustainable financing. The World Health Organization regional office and several British and local academic institutions have been included as project partners to ensure a highly professional and evidence-based approach to project initiatives.
Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries, Southern Africa (Hivos). The name of the program submitted by Hivos is “Key Population Representation, Evidence and Advocacy for Change in Health” (KP REACH). It is an eight-country program (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) aimed at strengthening regional networks of five key populations: men who have sex with men, women who have sex with women, sex workers, drug users, and transgender people. It also strives to improve the evidence base for key populations in the region in order to influence programs and policies at national level, as well as develop a unified voice to shift harmful norms and attitudes. The structure for the implementation of the KP REACH program is based on an existing collaborative consortium of partners. Hivos is the principal recipient, with African Men Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA), the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Positive Vibes, SAfAIDS, and TB/HIV Care Association as sub-recipients. Gender Dyanmix and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance are also part of the consortium, with expert advice provided by M&C Saatchi World Services as a communications partner.
Southern Africa Regional Coordinating Mechanism (SARCM). The SARCM project, called “TB in Mines,” targets the same eight countries as KP REACH plus Mozambique and Tanzania. TB in Mines strives to harmonize a regional response to TB across the ten countries, streamlining patient referrals and contact tracing across borders, promoting service delivery consistency between private mine clinics and public facilities, and enhancing the integration of gender and human rights into TB interventions in peri-mining communities. The program largely responds to health challenges associated with the region’s large migrant labor system, fueled by the large gold, diamond and platinum mines in South Africa. The Wits Health Consortium has been identified as the principal recipient.
AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and ENDA Sante. The overall goal of ARASA’s proposed project, “Removing Legal Barriers,” is to work with parliamentarians, policy makers, law enforcement officials, cultural leaders, lawyers, and the judiciary to strengthen access to services for key populations (men who have sex with men, sex workers, and people who use drugs) in 10 countries – Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. UNDP has been nominated as the PR, along with four SRs: AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), ENDA Sante, KELIN, and Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) – all organizations with recognized expertise in human rights and HIV in the region.
Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (APN+). The goal of this project is to increase the evidence base to support more effective advocacy at the regional and country level across nine countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam). Specifically, the activities are focused on improving the quality, relevance, and accessibility of HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment services for persons living with HIV and key population groups through community-based service quality monitoring. The regional approach was proposed in order to address key population-specific issues that transcend national borders and to give a stronger voice at country level and more opportunities to advocate for policy change at both the regional and national level. APN+ will be the PR for this project and will work with three other key population networks – Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ANPUD), Asia Pacific Network of Sex Works (APNSW), and Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN).
The African Network for the Care of Children Affected by HIV/AIDS (ANECCA). This project aims to improve the coverage and quality of HIV care, treatment and support for children and adolescents living with HIV in seven countries (Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda). Specific objectives include the following: (a) promote the adoption and implementation of policies that increase coverage and quality of paediatric and adolescent HIV care, treatment and support; (b) improve the capacity of HIV service providers in the provision of HIV care, treatment and psychosocial support to children and adolescents living with HIV; and (c) identify, document and promote innovative approaches and best practices. ANECCA will be the PR but will not implement in-country activities directly. Instead, ANECCA will strengthen the framework already in place in the seven countries.
Abijan-Lagos Corridor Organization (OCAL). The goal of this project is to reduce new HIV infections among the key and vulnerable populations in the West African sub-region that includes Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. The project will focus on key and vulnerable populations such as MSM, sex workers (including transgender sex workers) and their clients, women and girls, and migrants (including truckers). Project activities will create awareness, improve access to testing and care, and strengthen governance across major economic hubs in the five countries.