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Deadline May 7, 2012
7am (Pacific Time (US & Canada))
In November 2011, the Board of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria adopted a new five-year strategy (2012-2016). As the Global Fund works through this transition period and begins to implement its new strategic objectives, it is essential that the Fund upholds its commitments to sexual orientation & gender identity (SOGI) issues and human rights.
The Board of the Global Fund is set to meet May 10-11th. Please consider the attached sign on letter to ensure that SOGI issues are not left behind during the reorganization process.
Take action — read the letter to the Board of the Global Fund, then follow the steps below to sign-on!
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Mr. Gabriel Jaramillo
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Chemin de Blandonnet 8
May 7, 2012
Dear Mr. Jaramillo,
We, the undersigned organizations, urge the Global Fund to provide clarity on how it will maintain and expand the implementation of rights-based HIV programs targeting sexual and gender minorities as the institution’s reorganization is finalized.
The global HIV epidemic has had a disproportionately heavy burden on sexual and gender minorities, with data showing that men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender communities are especially hard hit. Despite this, these communities have largely not been prioritized with targeted funding in the global HIV response1. Where funding sources do exist, recent research indicates that intended HIV investments for MSM undergo attrition at the country-level due to a range of structural barriers, including homophobia2.
The Global Fund has a long history of constructive action on these issues: In May 2009, the Global Fund’s Strategy in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (SOGI Strategy) was approved by the Board3. This strategy is intended to help ensure that investments more effectively reach men who have sex with men, transgender populations, male, female, and transgender sex workers, and women who have sex with women – all with a strong emphasis on evidence-based programs rooted in human rights4. In 2010, the MARPs Reserve was established as a mechanism to ensure targeted funding for these populations and people who inject drugs5. The Board initially approved US$ 200 million over five years, of which US$47 million was awarded in Round 10 for HIV programming in 41 countries over 2 years.
We applaud the work of the Global Fund Secretariat and Board to emphasize portfolio management in the recent reorganization and enshrine human rights as part of the new Global Fund Strategy. However, it remains unclear how the SOGI strategy will be implemented moving forward or who is responsible for that work. A plan that operationalizes the goals of the strategy is desperately needed to ensure the Global Fund’s long term success against the three diseases.
We request a public update on the following issues:
1. Leadership on the SOGI Strategy within the Global Fund – who is responsible for implementing the strategy, monitoring progress and reporting?
2. MARPs Reserve – How will the Global Fund build upon and replicate the success of the MARPs Reserve to stimulate demand from countries for programs for these populations?
3. Human rights – How will the human rights components of the Global Fund’s strategy be implemented and monitored, particularly those related to non-discrimination, gender equality, accountability and service delivery? (See especially points 25, 73, 74 and 75 in the Global Fund 2012-2016 Strategy).
We look forward to continuing to work in a collaborative manner with the Global Fund to achieve these goals, and stand ready to provide support to the process. Should you have any questions, please feel free to be in touch with Krista Lauer, Senior Policy Advisor at the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) .
Sincerely,[List in Formation]
Cc: Mr. Simon Bland, Chair of the Board
Cc: Minister Mphu Ramatlapeng, Vice Chair of the Board
Cc: Members of the Board, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
1. The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF). 2011. An Analysis of Major HIV Donor Investments Targeting Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender People in Low and Middle-Income Countries. http://www.msmgf.org/files/msmgf//publications/globalfinancinganalysis.pdf
2. amfAR. Achieving an HIV Free Generation for Gay Men and Other MSM. 2012. http://www.amfar.org/uploadedFiles/_amfar.org/In_The_Community/Publications/MSM-GlobalRept2012.pdf
3. The Global Fund Strategy in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (SOGI) www.theglobalfund.org/documents/core/strategies/Core_SexualOrientationAndGenderIdentities_Strategy_en/
4. Seale, A., Bains, A., and Avrett, S. Partnership, sex, and marginalization: Moving the Global Fund sexual orientation and gender identities agenda. Health and Human Rights. 2010 Jun 15;12(1):123-35.
5. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dedicated Reserve Fund for Round 10 HIV/AIDS Proposals for Most At Risk Populations (MARPs) Information Note. http://tinyurl.com/8yw39vz
More Background Info…
Further reading on the Global Fund Strategy 2012-2016 and Strategy in Relation to Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity:
• The Global Fund Strategy Overview
• The Global Fund Strategy 2012-2016 (PDF)
• The Strategy Framework (PDF)
• The Global Fund Strategy in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (PDF)
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