Malawi's ability to control the spread of HIV will be undermined by the structural barriers that prevent access to services by key populations: this was the message delivered to stakeholders participating in country dialogue to develop the southern African nation's HIV concept note.
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Russia has announced its pledge to commit $60 million to the Global Fund’s fourth replenishment cycle ahead of the anticipated end in 2014 of all Global Fund grants to the country.
Civil society was involved extensively in the development of the concept note that El Salvador submitted to the Global Fund. This is one of the findings from interviews that GFO conducted with five people involved in the process, and from a review of related documents.
The International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) has released a guide on applications under the new funding model (NFM). The guide targets civil society and focuses primarily on standard applicants (i.e. applicants that are not involved in the transition phase but that may apply when the NFM is fully rolled out, likely at the beginning of 2014).
International Civil Society Support (ICSS) wants to hire a social media campaigner, on contract, for about 25 weeks, to support the Here I Am (HAI) campaign. HAI brings the voices of people living with or affected by the three diseases to the dialogue about funding the Global Fund.
The initial draft of the concept note that Zimbabwe was planning to submit to the Global Fund included funding for studies on the population sizes of sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM), but did not include specific interventions that could address the needs of these groups while the data were being collected.
Peter van Rooijen, a prominent international AIDS activist and leader in global health, has been honoured by the Dutch royal family. Peter has been appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau, an award bestowed for outstanding service to the community.
The Foreign Minister of France, Laurent Fabius, has told civil society representatives that France will not reduce its future contributions to the Global Fund. Mr Fabius met with representatives of AIDES, Coalition Plus, Sidaction and Act-Up Paris on 30 April.
Civil society organisations (CSOs) and advocates for key population endorse the basic thrust of the new funding model (NFM), but are concerned about several aspects, according to a new report from the International Council of AIDS Service Organisations (ICASO).