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Increased domestic investments and community involvement vital to sustaining HIV/AIDS response, African conference hears
Countries also need to step up HIV prevention efforts, and enhance the role of communities
Two grants in the EECA and one in West and Central Africa were valued collectively at $24 million
Among the grants approved by the Global Fund Board on 21 December 2018 (see GFO article) were three multi-country grants. Two of the grants were for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA); the third was for West and Central Africa. (See table.)
Some key initiatives relegated to the PAAR due to lack of available funding
Cameroon’s 2017 TB/HIV funding request included a strong focus on communities and key populations. This was a key theme that emerged from the comments from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) when they reviewed the request.
Two new publications from ICASO and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV may be interest to our readers:
The Communities delegation on the Global Fund Board is soliciting applications from persons wishing to become members of the delegation. The delegation is specifically looking for people from the following communities and populations:
Women; key populations; and young people living with HIV or communities affected by TB and malaria
How the Global Fund’s policy on CCM composition helped to boost LGBT participation in decision-making in the EECA
Six case studies documented by the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health
Global Fund policies on the composition of country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) have resulted in increased participation of LGBT organizations on CCMs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). It has also resulted in greater participation of LGBT representatives in the decisions of the CCMs and even of the governments in these countries, including decisions concerning prevention services.
Growing economy does not mean growing domestic support for communities
“There is a painful awareness among communities in countries whose economies are growing that donors are pulling out and abandoning them… This [transitioning] process is driven by the criteria donors have laid out for eligibility, and demonstrated by the actual level of disbursements going to some countries. But communities know that growing economies do not equal growing domestic support for communities in the HIV response.”
E-learning portal for Russian speaking CSOs and communities is launched by a regional platform supported by the Global Fund
Two courses are ready, more will be added soon
An innovative, educational, e-learning portal has been launched to help civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities (i.e. key populations) enhance their knowledge of the responses to HIV and TB. The main focus will be on building the capacity of communities to enable them to become meaningfully involved in the national response to HIV and TB.
Many organizations applaud the results but add that more needs to be done
In a joint statement, the communities and civil society delegations to the Global Fund Board commended the pledges from donor governments, implementing countries, the private sector, and civil society partners for the Fund’s Fifth Replenishment.
New website in EECA provides information in Russian related to Global Fund policies, funded programs, etc.
Meanwhile, EHRN releases video on the ladder of citizen participation
An innovative project has been created to inform Russian-speaking communities and civil society organizations (CSOs) about the news, important decisions and policy documents related to the Global Fund, and about the programs financed by the Fund in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). The project takes the form of a website. The site also shares opportunities for training and funding, and educational resources related to HIV and TB.