Health, Human Rights and the Global Fund

27 April 2015

Respecting human rights is key to ensuring that services for HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria reach all those who need them. Global Fund grants are expected to meet five minimum human rights standards, the first of which is provide services to all, without discrimination.

Treatment provided by Global Fund-supported programs should be based only on scientifically sound and approved medicines or medical practices.

People receiving treatment have the right to be free from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Programs financed by the Global Fund are expected to not employ methods that constitute torture.

Providers of medical services must respect and protect informed consent, confidentiality and the right to privacy.

Programs financed by the Global Fund are expected to avoid medical detention and involuntary isolation, which are to be used only as a last resort.