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Solidarity Sidelined

As the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria embarks on a new strategy, it must take care to avoid measures that are inconsistent with both its stated objectives and the history of human rights activism that helped to bring it into being. In spite of irrefutable epidemiologic and programmatic evidence, meaningful inclusion of key populations and protection of the human rights of people affected by and at risk of HIV, TB, and malaria are still seen as side issues by governments and donors. The Global Fund must reclaim and act on the spirit of solidarity that characterized its origins to be a leader in making human rights central to global health programming.

This report reflects on the founding values of the Global Fund, where it has made progress and where it has fallen short. It outlines three critical areas that require attention and advocacy:

  • realizing the Global Fund’s human rights objectives
  • preserving support in middle income countries
  • supporting access to medicines for all at the lowest possible price

A period of changing global health governance and a dramatically shifting geography of poverty are part of the context for this briefing paper’s consideration of the impact of changes at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, including the Fund’s so-called New Funding Model.

This report is a resource for advocates working to assess the impact of the New Funding Model and to help shape the next five-year strategy. 


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