Today the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation released its evaluations of the Gender Equality (GES) and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Strategies of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The report concludes that the Global Fund’s new 5-year strategy being considered in Ghana this week, must incorporate evidence-driven strategies to meet the needs of people most affected by the three diseases – and often the most neglected in public health responses to date.
In particular, the report recommends strategies for:
• girls and women (particularly in sub Saharan Africa where nearly 60 per cent of all people living with HIV are girls and women)
• men who have sex with men
• transgender people
• sex workers, and
• injection drug users.
Pangaea CEO, Ben Plumley, said, "The Global Fund’s Gender Equality and SOGI Strategies are essential to the Global Fund’s contribution to the global response to AIDS, TB and Malaria. In many countries, the most highly affected communities would not have access to any services without Global Fund investments. It is a grave mistake to assume the AIDS epidemic is over. As the Global Fund comes under increasing pressure from donors, it is crucial that these services are maintained and prioritized."
The Gender Equality and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Strategies were approved by the Global Fund Board in 2008 and 2009, and provided a framework for the Global Fund to assist country grant applicants develop strong needs and evidence-informed programs for key affected populations.
Pangaea’s evaluations assessed how they have been incorporated into the key structures of the Global Fund: Board, Secretariat, Technical Partners and Country Coordinating Mechanisms.
Dr. Megan Dunbar, Pangaea Vice President of Research and Programs, said, "Ultimately the future of the Global Fund will be determined by how it has been able to reverse the spread of these three diseases. Developing genuine services for girls and women, and key affected communities, will be central to their ultimate success."
Access to report available at link below –