The Global Fund is committed to protecting and promoting human rights. To defeat HIV, TB and malaria, we must focus on the most vulnerable people. That means removing human rights barriers to health services for women and girls, sex workers, people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people in prison, migrants, indigenous peoples and others who are particularly impacted by one or more of these three diseases. Discrimination and criminalization reduce access to health programs, and undermine efforts toward effective responses to HIV, TB and malaria. Our commitment also means ensuring that programs supported by the Global Fund do not violate human rights.
The Global Fund is building human rights concerns into the grant cycle. It is taking specific steps including training on human rights, gender and other cross-cutting issues for grant management focal points, developing new tools and procedures for grant-making and setting up systems to explicitly track funding spent on interventions that address human rights barriers to accessing health services.
This work is being developed based on consultations held over the past two years with human rights experts, civil society organizations, including key populations, and technical partners.
It is supported through a new Global Fund Human Rights Reference Group and an internal human rights task force. UNAIDS and WHO are permanent observers of the Human Rights Reference Group. Other members were selected through an open application process. They include leading experts on health and human rights from UNDP, Open Society Foundations, AIDS Alliance, networks of key affected populations, and local and regional human rights groups. Their expertise spans Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. The staff task force includes representation from every part of the Secretariat, and reports in the Reference Group.
Develop guidance, resources and tools to ensure the Global Fund invests in programs that address human rights barriers for
Build capacity in the Secretariat through formal training and informal lunch discussions.
Establish new partnerships to advise grant management on human rights concerns at the country level, and provide technical assistance on human rights to grant recipients.
Establish a policy and internal procedures to address the risk of human rights violations in Global Fund-supported programs.
Review and revise policies and tools as needed to ensure clear procedures are in place for reporting and management of allegations of rights violations.
Consultations with civil society and human rights experts have created recommendations for the Global Fund. Read them here:
Future consultations will be shared here as the schedule is updated.
Infonote: Human Rights for HIV, TB, Malaria and HSS Grants
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FAQ: Human Rights in the New Funding Model
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