HIV epidemics driven by drug use set to spread due to Global Fund rule warns NGO
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance warns of an impending HIV/AIDS crisis in Eastern Europe and Asia following its assessment of the impact of the cancelation of Global Fund Round 11 funding and is urging the Global Fund Board to revoke its ‘55% rule’ which limits funding for middle income, priority HIV and drug use countries identified by UNAIDS.
The Global Fund has rapidly become the largest donor of HIV and harm reduction programmes targeting people who inject drugs, according to this new report released by the Alliance, ‘HIV, Drug Use and the Global Fund: Don’t Stop Now!’.
It was produced with colleagues in Ukraine, China and Vietnam, and is timed to influence forthcoming debates on the future of the Global Fund.
The purpose of this report is to demonstrate that a crisis in the Global Fund is a crisis for harm reduction, as the Global Fund has become the largest funder of global HIV and harm reduction programmes targeting people who use drugs.
The report includes a set of recommendations, most prominent of which is a call to the Global Fund to ensure that it continues to support HIV and harm reduction programmes, so that global commitments to reduce HIV transmission of HIV among people who inject drugs by 50% by 2015 can be met.
We urge you to read and circulate this report, and particularly to highlight why the Global Fund's 55% rule needs to be dropped at next weeks board meeting.
Click on the link below to read/download the report:
Or click here to see the pdf of the report: HIV, Harm Reduction and the Global Fund - Don't Stop Now!.pdf (PDF, 586 KB).
Click here to see the press release on this report: The Importance of Global Fund Support to MIC's.docx (DOCX, 57 KB).