“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
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.
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.
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.
In the past few years, representation of the civil sector – NGOs and communities – on CCMs has increased, particularly in response to recommendations that key populations be included. However, the initial excitement that accompanied this change has been replaced by growing frustration and complaints from different stakeholders.
Currently there are several national CSOs in Moldova providing services to vulnerable and key populations and people living with HIV. These services include psychosocial support, prevention programming, and harm reduction. Funding for this work has come predominately from The Global Fund and has been administered by an NGO principal recipient, the Center for Health Policies and Studies.
Resources for the community response will have to grow markedly over the coming years if ambitious treatment, prevention and human rights targets for HIV are to be achieved, according to a report published by UNAIDS.
Four years ago this month, the Global Fund rescinded approval of a Round 10 TB proposal from the Russian Federation (see GFO article). The country coordinating mechanism had submitted the proposal. All stakeholders wanted to see the proposed programs implemented except for the government.
The Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan has formed a multi-disciplinary working group of specialists to plan, coordinate, and implement transition planning for TB and HIV. The group is already staffed by management, procurement, public health, and finance specialists. Representatives of civil society organizations and communities are also included. Other positions will be added.
The Global Fund has committed approximately $7 million of the $15 million budget for its Community Rights and Gender (CRG) Special Initiative. Each of the initiative’s three arms – technical assistance (TA) provision, key populations network strengthening, and regional communication and coordination platforms – have received relatively equal amounts.
The initiative runs until the end of 2016.