Networks, groups and non-governmental organizations of Latin America that work in the field of HIV, has signed a Declaration on the occasion of the consultations carried out by the Global Fund on its new strategy.
The main actors of Latin American civil society make a call to all those related to the Global Fund; those on the Governing Board, its secretariat, and technical partners, to pay urgent attention to the following topics:
To finance the fight against the disease. The majority of people with HIV live in middle-income countries, however, we see with concern how the Global Fund and its donors are removing their investment from countries classified in this category by the World Bank.
Protect profits. The abrupt, unpredictable removal of the Global Fund, as an investor, in the response of our countries, will only put at risk the gains achieved in terms of better health systems, community systems and advances in epidemiology and health outcomes. Far from becoming a strategic and orderly process, we are witnesses of the arbitrary destruction of the investments, without planning and a deep analysis of the impact and the consequences at various levels.
Without leaving anyone behind. The Global Fund should increase their investment in approaches and interventions related to the structural barriers such as the promotion and defense of Human Rights, the reduction of vulnerability, violence and discrimination against women, boys, girls, children, orphans, transgender people, sex workers, gay men, people who use drugs and other key and vulnerable populations.
In the new strategy, the priority must not only be focused on overcoming bottlenecks of the programs of the Global Fund, but also prioritizes the construction of a sustainable local capacity in the field of health systems and community.
Today we have more experience and tools in order to meet the regional and global goals of the continuum of treatment, combination prevention and zero discrimination; however, there is a worrying lack of financial resources.
Therefore, the call to action of the second Forum of Latin American and the Caribbean on the continuum of HIV care in Rio, is of great importance, because it reflects a shared vision of how to end the AIDS epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Below the networks and organizations that support this statement:
- Aid for AIDS International.
- AIDS Healthcare Foundation – AHF.
- Alianza Latinoamericana y del Caribe en VIH y sida por los niños, niñas y adolescentes – ALACVIH.
- Coalición Internacional de Activistas en Tratamiento – CIAT.
- International community of women with HIV, ICW Latina.
- Consejo Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Organizaciones no gubernamentales con servicios den VIH/SIDA – LACCASO.
- Coordinadora de ONG’s de las Américas sobre sida, cárcel y encierro.
- International HIV/AIDS Alliance.
- ITPC LATCA – International Treatment Preparedness Coalition Latin America and Caribbean.
- Movimiento Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Mujeres positivas – MLM +.
- Red de Jóvenes Positivos de Latinoamérica y el Caribe – Red J+ LAC.
- Red Centroamericana de Personas que viven con VIH – RedCA+.
- Red Latinoamericana de Personas que viven con VIH – REDLA+.
- Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de personas trans – REDLACTRANS.
- Red Latinoamericana de Reducción de Daños – RedLARD.
- Red de Trabajadoras Sexuales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe – RedTraSex.
- SomosGay / ALC UNAIDS Delegation.