Author: Sophie Dilmitis

Updates from W4GF Advocates Following July 2016 Workshop: Supporting Gender Equality And Human Rights Champions In Global Fund Country Processes

17 community advocates from 10 countries in addition to resource people and technical partners, gathered in Bangkok for a workshop in late June 2016 to discuss gaps, challenges and opportunities around Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) programming from a human rights and gender perspective. Participants, mostly women, included a wide range of people living with or affected by HIV, TB or malaria and came from diverse country contexts, backgrounds and experiences, with several based in Challenging Operating Environments (COEs) such as South Sudan. All participants represent or work directly with women and girls, who are uniquely and highly vulnerable to HIV, TB and malaria. All also work with—and many are members of—key affected populations for one or more of the three diseases, including sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals, people who use drugs, indigenous people, prisoners, miners, migrants and young children. More than half serve on a Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCMs) or are directly involved in other Global Fund processes and structures, such as participating in country dialogues or serving as a Sub-Sub-Recipient (SSR). Here are progress updates based on workshop commitments. In Bolivia one participant translated workshop documents into Spanish and shared these with indigenous organisations in the region: Ecuarunari (Ecuador), Conacami (Peru) and Conamaq (Bolivia). In addition to this in mid October they hope to organise a...

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Joint Statement on the Global Fund Replenishment Outcome: Women4GlobalFund, The International Community of Women Living HIV and the Communities Delegation

Women4GlobalFund (W4GF), The International Community of Women Living HIV (ICW) and the Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund would like to congratulate and thank donor and implementing governments, the private sector, the Global Fund secretariat, and especially civil society and communities living and affected by HIV, TB and malaria that worked tirelessly to reach the $12.9 billion replenishment outcome. The Global Fund is an essential partnership and funding mechanism between governments, civil society, the private sector and communities living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria, and the successes of the Replenishment Conference to end the epidemics would not be possible without this financial commitment. The Global Fund Strategy 2017 – 2022: Investing to End Epidemics will not be achieved without this financial commitment and demonstrated global solidarity. Those of us living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria depend on access to essential medications and services that ensure the Global Fund is on track to save 22 million lives by the end of 2016. US$12.9 billion for the next three years is a commitment to the health and lives of communities living with and affected by the three diseases, including women and girls in all their diversity. With a fully funded Global Fund we hope to see interventions in countries go beyond the traditional biomedical approaches as the Global Fund’s Strategy (2017 – 2022)...

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Down to the Wire!! The Global Fund Fifth Replenishment Conference (September 16 – 17, 2016)

The Global Fund’s fifth voluntary replenishment conference will begin tomorrow, September 16 (The Replenishment Session), through to the 17th (The Leaders Conference) taking place in Montréal, Quebec. To find out more click here and watch the Replenishment live – through following links in English and in French. The Global Funds Advocates Network (GFAN) has been tracking pledges live here and are calculating pledges using a spot rate conversion to US$ as pledges are announced. GFAN has also shared the Agenda for the Replenishment as of September 9th 2016. The Global Fund is strongly committed to supporting programs that address gender inequalities and gender-related risks and removing gender-related barriers that prevent people from accessing health services. Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has invested US$18 billion in programs that benefit women and girls. In 2015, approximately 60 percent of the Global Fund spending was directed to women and girls. Under its 2017-2022 allocation cycle, the Global Fund will support the development and implementation of gender-responsive national health strategies; the improvement of data systems to gather and analyse sex- and age-disaggregated data; and the identification of vulnerable or at-risk populations. The Global Fund will also strengthen existing partnerships with organisations such as UNAIDS, UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, the Global Financing Facility (GFF), PEPFAR and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in order to advance gender equality. It is critical that the...

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Global Fund Partnership Call: Thursday, 29 September, 15:00 CET (Global Fund Reposting)

The next Global Fund Partnership call will take place on Thursday, 29 September, 15:00 CET. During the call, there will be an update on the differentiated application process, information on the timeline for applicant resources and allocation letters, and a Q & A on the Eligibility List. The access code is: 113739 and call in numbers are accessible here. If you need to be dialled in to the call or have suggestions on topics that you would like to discuss during future calls, please send details to  Rene Joy Bangert, Community, Rights and Gender, Strategy, Investment and Impact Division – rene.bangert@theglobalfund.org....

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Joint Statement on the Global Fund’s Fifth Voluntary Replenishment: #theglobalfundwomenwant

The Global Fund’s Fifth Voluntary Replenishment (16-17th September 2016) will be held in Montreal, hosted by the Government of Canada and will address financial support for the allocation cycle 2017 – 2019. Programmes supported by the Global Fund have saved 20 million lives since 2002, and is on track to save 22 million lives by the end of 2016. Through the Global Fund Investment Case the Global Fund is calling for a minimum of US$13 billion in contributions estimated to save 8 million lives; avert 300 million new infections; create US$41 billion in domestic investment; and lead to US$290 billion in long term economic gains. For live updates on country pledges visit Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) here The Global Fund Strategy 2017 – 2022: Investing to End Epidemics underscores and reiterates the commitment of donors and implementing countries towards achieving gender equality and promoting human rights, and towards key/vulnerable populations. The International Community of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (ICW), Women4GlobalFund (W4GF), and the Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund launched a campaign at the Durban 2016 International AIDS Conference to empower women’s voices around the implementation of the new Global Fund Strategy and the upcoming Global Fund 5th Replenishment – ‘What is the Global Fund women want?’ To get involved please tweet with the hash tag #theglobalfundwomenwant NOW and share your messages!! To...

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