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. We came to an innovative solution: independent associations known as “Friends” who help to develop contacts and allies, promote a good understanding of the Global Fund’s mission and mobilize political and financial support.
There are four 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 in Europe, Japan and the United States focus primarily on educating about the Global Fund’s mission to end AIDS, TB and malaria as epidemics and mobilizing public and political support for the Global Fund. The Friends organization in Australia is a joint initiative by the Global Fund; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and Unitaid. It aims to raise the profile of the three organizations and mobilize political and financial resources for the organizations.