The Global Fund, as a lean and efficient organization, does not have country offices. As a result, we needed to find another way to raise awareness and carry out advocacy efforts worldwide. An innovative solution was found: the creation of independent associations known as “Friends”, who help develop contacts and allies, promote a good understanding of the Global Fund mission, and mobilize political and financial support.
There are five active regional Friends organizations. Each one is completely independent of the Global Fund and has its own core objectives, activities and governance structure. The Friends organizations receive no financial support from the Global Fund.
Those Friends organizations working in donor countries focus primarily on mobilizing public and political support for the Global Fund, whereas Friends organizations in implementing countries tend to focus their efforts on education about the three diseases, how to access Global Fund financing for countries, and resource mobilization.