ICASA 2017: Mobilizing Men Who Have Sex with Men to Improve Access to HIV Prevention, Testing and Treatment in Africa

Published: December 21, 2017

Dr. Frank Lule, WHO, African Regional Office; Mr. Thatayotlhe Molefe, Men for Health, Botswana; Dr. Hugues Lago, WHO African Regional Office; & Mr. Jeffery Walimbwa, ISHTAR MSM, Kenya The International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa (ICASA) is the largest AIDS conference in Africa. This year’s theme, “Africa: Ending AIDS-delivering differently” emphasizes that Human rights are a key priority …

2018 PEPFAR Country Operational Plans: How to Get Involved

Published: December 21, 2017

Download the Civil Society Rough Guide to the PEPFAR 2018 COP Process Available in Français • English • Português With 2018 around the corner comes the beginning of the new PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) and Regional Operational Plan (ROP) processes. Early in January 2018, the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) will publish the final version of the 2018 …

Activists in Focus: Devanand Milton (Millie) of Guyana Trans United

Published: December 20, 2017

Devanand Milton (Millie) is the President and a Peer Educator for Guyana Trans United, the only trans-led organization in Guyana and one of the few active organizations in the English-speaking Caribbean. As a TEACH Technical Advisor, Millie is working with MSMGF and IRGT to deliver high-quality trainings to trans-led organizations in her region. Learn more about and apply for the upcoming TEACH …

Onto the African Map: Youth Key Populations and HIV at the ­ICASA 2017 Pre-Conference

Published: December 15, 2017

Adilet Alimkulov, Head of Advocacy & Partnership Department at Kyrgyz INDIGO, discusses implementation of comprehensive HIV & STI programs with gay & other MSM using MSMIT Earlier this December, key population activists, providers, funders, researchers and policy experts from around the world gathered in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire to raise​ ​awareness​ ​and​ ​deepen​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​HIV​ ​infection​ ​vulnerabilities of​ ​young key …

Remarks from the 41st UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Meeting

Published: December 13, 2017

The Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) was launched in 1996 in order to guide UNAIDS in establishing policies, reviewing long term plans of action, and making recommendations for execution of programs among other responsibilities. The PCB is comprised of representatives of 22 governments from all geographic regions, the UNAIDS co-sponsors, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations including associations of people living with …

MSMGF Welcomes Victor Madrigal-Borloz’s Appointment as New UN SOGI Independent Expert

Published: December 8, 2017

Madrigal-Borloz must continue the work of Vitit Muntarbhorn and actively advocate for the health and human rights of LGBTI people living with and affected by HIV. Earlier this week, the 47 government members of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council appointed Costa Rican jurist, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, as the new UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). …

Activists in Focus: Solange Musanganya of Maison de la Culture des Diversités Humaines

Published: December 6, 2017

Solange A. Musanganya is programs director in Maison de la Culture des Diversités Humaines; a non-profit organization that uses culture, art and sports to address the homophobia  and transphobia in West Africa. As a TEACH technical advisor, Solange is working with MSMGF and IRGT to deliver high-quality  trainings to trans-led organizations in her region. Learn more about the TEACH Sub-Saharan Africa Regional …

Where We Are in The Global Response to HIV: World AIDS Day 2017

Published: December 1, 2017

by Greg Tartaglione, Sr. Communications Officer As we inch closer to achieving global targets in HIV prevention, we remember how far we have come in fighting this epidemic and all the work that there still is to be done. Overall, the odds of having HIV infection are markedly and consistently higher among gay and bisexual men and other men who …

YP+10: Additional Principles Illuminate Human Rights of LGBTIQ People Affected by HIV

Published: November 29, 2017

MSMGF commends and welcomes the additions to the Yogyakarta Principles, while insisting on full decriminalization of HIV transmission and access to antiretroviral medications as a human right. By Stephen Leonelli, Senior Policy Advisor at MSMGF A group of 33 international experts recently released a long-anticipated set of new principles to supplement the original 2006 Yogyakarta Principles on international human rights …

Activists in Focus: Barbra Muruga of East Africa Trans Health & Advocacy Network

Published: November 28, 2017

Barbra Muruga is the Executive Director of EATHAN, the– East Africa Trans Health & Advocacy Network; a network of intersex, trans* and gender non-conforming (ITGNC) individuals and organizations in East Africa. As a TEACH technical advisor, Barbra is working with MSMGF and IRGT to deliver high-quality  trainings to trans-led organizations in her region. Learn more and apply to take part …

Collectively Authoring a Global Tool: MSMIT Training Manual

Published: November 22, 2017

MSMGF and the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) are proud to announce a new resource for trainers of the MSM Implementation Toolkit. After a series of UNFPA supported grassroots workshops aimed to introduce community organizers and health providers to the MSMIT, ECOM and their partners in Eastern Europe and Central Asia recognized the need for a Training of Trainers …

Centering Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Voices in Public Health

Published: November 16, 2017

“Gender affirmation is a determinant of health” – Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP, AAHIVS by Mahri Bahati, Public Health Advisor Earlier this November, MSMGF staff participated in the 2017 National Transgender Health Summit, hosted by the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. Over the course of three days which included 84 break-out sessions, five plenaries, a poster session, and …