The Tanzanian government’s decision to revise guidelines for HIV services to key and vulnerable populations has forced a Global Fund principal recipient (PR), Save the Children, to suspend two prevention and treatment programs for people from those communities, according to a Fund official.
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A workshop attended by representatives of networks of men who have sex with men (MSM), and other Global Fund stakeholders, has produced a series of country work plans designed to “assert the voice of key populations in country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs)” throughout the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).
As reported in GFO #295, in August the Board approved $180 million in funding for 14 grants from 11 countries. The Board was acting on recommendations of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC). This article provides a summary of the some of the comments made by the GAC in its report to the Board.
Among the grants approved by the Board in August (see GFO article) were four regional programs which received $25 million. The Board was acting on recommendations of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC). This article provides a summary of the some of the comments made by the GAC concerning the regional programs.
There was praise for the bold goals in the political declaration adopted by the 193-national General Assembly at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS on 8-10 June, but there was also widespread condemnation of the decision to include only limited references in the declaration to those most at ris
Under its Community, Rights, and Gender special initiative, The Global Fund is providing technical assistance (TA) to assist a community-based organization, LGBT Georgia, to respond to an alarming increase in HIV incidence among men who have sex with men.
Strategic focus on rights and gender in new Strategy seen as vital for scaling up coverage of key and vulnerable populations
A focus on human rights and gender equality is front and centre in The Global Fund’s new strategy for 2017-2022.
National forum of sex workers in the Russian Federation builds empowerment and creates a path towards sustainability
A national forum of sex workers, held in Moscow on 11-14 April 2016 is seen as one step towards achieving the sustainability of programs for sex workers as The Global Fund ends its funding for the Russian Federation.
(According to The Global Fund’s website, there is only grant currently active. It is an HIV grant and it will expire at the end of 2017.)
At the end of January, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni signed a bill that seeks to regulate NGOs. According to activists, some of its provisions could threaten Global Fund–supported programs targeting key populations.
Survey finds African key populations still largely excluded from decision-making, despite NFM promises
According to a new report, cornerstone principals of the new funding model, such as inclusive country dialogue and meaningful participation, have not translated in practice for key populations in sub-Saharan Africa.