AMSHeR’s collaboration with the Global Fund

The Global Fund New Funding Model strives for maximum impact, working together in partnership, to save millions of lives, provide prevention, treatment and care services to millions of people, while helping to revitalize communities, strengthen local health systems and improve economies. In 2002, the Global Fund in partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector and key populations introduced a new strategic approach to its global work of resource mobilization and partnership building with countries responding to the three epidemic diseases. The new “Global Fund Strategy 2012-2016: Investing for Impact” the was aimed at bringing to scale targeted investments of technical expertise and financial resources where they would make the most difference in accelerating progress to arrest and reverse the ongoing global burdens of HIV, TB and malaria.

Contained within the new strategy, and expressed in companion policies and operational plans, was a commitment by the Global Fund to continue to expand and strengthen its work to protect and promote human rights for key populations from the global strategic level all the way through to local communities benefiting from Global Fund support. With regards to HIV, key populations include gay men and other MSM, women and men who inject drugs, Sex Workers, and Transgender.

As the main vehicle for putting into operation its new global strategy, the Global Fund in 2013 began to roll out the NFM. Other innovations introduced with the NFM were changes in terms of how request for funds to the Global Fund were to be articulated and justified and who was to be included in the process of developing such requests. Through a process called country dialogue, Country Coordination Mechanisms (CCMs) were now required to ensure inclusiveness, particularly for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and other key populations, as well as for representatives from groups made vulnerable to HIV infection by specific features of the country context.

AMSHeR supports the inclusion of MSM/LGBT and others key populations  in the country level policy and concept note development to ensure that the priorities of key populations are reflected.

  • As a result of AMSHeR’s interventions over the last few years, there has been an increase in the level of engagement between MSM/LGBT organisations(In-Country) with key State institutions including national AIDS councils, national human rights institutions, line Ministries of Health and Justice, as well as other stakeholders including country coordinating mechanisms [CCMs], mainstream HIV health service and human rights organisation during country dialogues.
  • AMSHeR has strengthened the voice of Key Populations within country coordinating mechanisms to date several AMSHeR member organisations [Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Togo] are represented on their respective CCM’s, aiming to strengthen respective MSM constituency to engage in Global Fund processes at country level.
  • AMSHeR provided training on policy change and MSM health to key stakeholders including national AIDS councils, national human rights institutions, line Ministries of Health and Justice, as well as other stakeholders including country coordinating mechanisms [CCMs], mainstream HIV health service and human rights organisation through a multi stakeholders approach known as Utetezi.
  • Coordinated technical support provision, community mobilization and advocacy activities within and across regions.

AMSHeR is one of the 34  civil society technical assistance providers selected by the Global Fund with expertise in line with community rights and gender program requirements, following a competitive proposal process.