Communities Delegations 2017 Mid Year: Webinar Summary and Recording
Last Thursday, 25 May 2017, GNP+ hosted an informational teleconference with community delegates from the UNAIDS PCB, UNITAID and civil society representatives who attended the PEPFAR country operational plan (COP) strategic direction reviews to update us on some of the policy and programmatic challenges and achievements during the first half of 2017 and efforts that are underway to advance critical funding, policy and strategic direction discussions that will impact the future health, safety and wellbeing of people living with HIV globally.
The call, which was attended by over 65 community activists and advocates from around the world, was moderated by Dr. Laurel Sprague, Executive Director of GNP+ and featured panellists Trevor Stratton and Jeffry Acaba, from the UNAIDS PCB NGO delegation, Violeta Ross of the Bolivian Network of People Living with HIV and Board Member of the Communities Delegation to UNITAID, Matthew Kavanagh of Health GAP and Nadia Rafif of MSMGF. Panellist EriKa Castellanos the founder and director of CNE+ Belize, and an alternate member of the Communities Delegation of the Global Fund, was unfortunately unable to make the call.
The panellists discussed key decisions made during the recent PEPFAR COP review processes and anticipated discussions that will take place during the upcoming UNAIDS PCB and UNITAID board meetings
Highlights from the webinar discussion include:
- The efforts that civil society represents made during the recent round of PEPFAR COP reviews strengthening targets and moving hundreds of millions of dollars into key community priorities. Examples of these successes brought about by civil society include:
- Dramatic increases in the combined Global Fund and PEPFAR HIV treatment targets for Kenya.
- The adoption of innovative community based HIV treatment initiatives in Mozambique.
- The expansion of new viral load re-agents and a new GeneXpert TB diagnostic testing machines in Uganda.
- And the award of over $170,000 in new funding for civil society organizations in Zimbabwe to engage in accountability work focused on community monitoring, treatment initiation, adherence, and retention interventions.
- Community representatives the UNITAID communities delegation spoke about their recent activities as well as about the launch of a call for UNITAID civil society proposals for a simpler, better treatment for multi-drug resistant TB a leading cause of death for people living with HIV and a similar call for proposals to fund civil society efforts on intellectual property.
- Members from the UNAIDS PCB delegation gave a preview of what is to be expected at the upcoming UNPCBD meeting in June that will focus on the ongoing financial crisis at UNAIDS. Civil society advocates have identified 10 key messages to support the UNAIDS global review panel’s efforts to restructure the organization. Some of these messages include: pursuing innovative funding and strengthening the organizational narrative on our collective AIDS efforts, ensuring the meaningful involvement of civil society within the discussion on sustainable resources, adopting a gender transformative response to governance, management and implementation at UNAIDS, and taking the AIDS response into a sustainable development framework discussion in the future.
Click here to listen to a recording of the webinar. Additionally, please check back with us later this summer for our upcoming community webinar on community responses to the ongoing HIV sustainability and transition discussion.