On 7 April 2021, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) launched the second phase of its COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM). Through this, additional funding is available at country and regional level (through multi-country grants) to address challenges to the delivery of HIV, TB and malaria services that are caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and countries’ responses to it. C19RM full funding requests must comply with the Global Funds principles of gender equity and human rights.
Without your engagement, there is a significant risk that C19RM submissions will be gender blind and could fail to meet the needs and rights of women and girls or, even worse, place them at further increased risk. It is important that we do better in this second phase of C19RM submissions compared to a year ago. Find out when your country is submitting and how much they have been allocated here.
Use this Action Alert: Everything women need to know to engage in Global Fund C19RM and now in French, Spanish and Russian to understand:
- The C19RM initiative, scope and timelines
- What you need to know and do to effectively influence the process in a way that advances the rights and needs of women and girls in all of our diversity – including by getting technical assistance to support meaningful engagement.
- What can be funded under the initiative, with concrete gender responsive examples
- How to formalise your submission: Don’t miss the template at the end.
A Global Fund survey of C19RM submissions following that first cycle found that:
- 24% of civil society members of Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) did not have timely and relevant information on C19RM
- Of the civil society members that did have information, less than 15% were involved in the writing, costing and budgeting of the proposal
- 32% of civil society CCM members did not see the final version of the funding request
- 51% of civil society CCM members said their priorities were not included in the funding request.
These findings refer to civil society in general. But it is a fair assumption that if data were collected in terms of the specific engagement of women and girls, the percentages would have been even smaller because we are often ignored and marginalized. Let’s not allow this to happen again
Webinars on C19RM
If you want to listen to recent webinars on all of this in French, English and Spanish then click here