Making progress slowly or not at all? TRP and CCM go back and forth on services for MSM and transgendered persons in Global Fund grants to Ethiopia
The exchanges back and forth between Ethiopia’s country coordinating mechanism (CCM) and the Technical Review Panel (TRP) during the review of Ethiopia’s recent TB/HIV funding request illustrate just how hard it can be to make headway in providing services for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgendered persons in a country where sexual activity between persons of the same sex is criminalized, and where stigma and discrimination toward M
Philippines’ HIV funding request to the Global Fund contains a good mix of prevention and treatment: TRP
The Philippines’ HIV funding request was strategically focused with appropriately targeted investments towards HIV prevention programs for key populations, and access to testing and treatment services. This was the conclusion of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) when they reviewed the request.
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
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.
A new regional program focusing on legal and policy change in Africa has been invited to proceed to grant-making.
The Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) has been invited to submit a concept note for a program on “Community Actions to Increase Access of MSM and Transgender People to HIV Services in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.”
Engaging with national human rights institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender people
Hoping to seize on momentum begun in Bangladesh in November 2013 with the decision to recognize a third gender on official documents, the Global Fund-supported Multi-Country South Asia HIV Program is working with national human rights institutions alongside civil society to improve the promotion a
Côte d’Ivoire is known throughout West Africa as the most tolerant country, where gay, lesbian and transgender people from all backgrounds do not have to fear the same kind of systematic violence or opprobrium that plagues them elsewhere in the region.
The Peru country coordinating mechanism (CCM) has submitted a request for continued funding for Phase 2 of its Round 10 HIV grant. The Global Fund Secretariat and the CCM have completed discussions on the request. Approval by the Board is expected later this month or in January.
This article describes the plans for Phase 2 and the process for developing the request.