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The Mexican experience of the community response to HIV and AIDS supported by public funding

As part of the side events during the International Conference on HIV Science, organized by the IAS AIDS in Mexico City, a Case Study on the Mexican experience in social contracting was presented

This publication was the result of collaboration between the National Movement fighting HIV and AIDS from Mexico, the Regional CRG Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean (Global Fund / Vía Libre), the Civil Society Sustainability Network (CSSN) and the International Civil Society Support (ICSS).

The response to HIV and AIDS, and in particular the channelling of state resources to civil society in Mexico, has been a leading case and good practices on multisectoral work during decades that has inspired similar models in the region and the world. Recently, the Mexican new government has decided on a different approach to health that exclude the civil society response. This crisis led Mexican civil society to organize itself into a National Movement to reverse these changes.

The case study focuses on describing: the creation and evolution of the social contracting approach, the achievements and the lessons learned; with the purpose of documenting an experience that has shown great achievements, and at the same time, being able to inform decision-makers with this publication.

The Civil Society Organizations, mentioned above, that partnered in the development of this review exercise have in common that the work supporting civil society organization accessing support  in a process of transitioning of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. , whose model since its inception was based on the multi-sectoral partnership enabling a leading role for the communities.

One of the approaches that has proven to contribute on the sustainability of the community response, after end of the Global Fund investment is the implementation of programs where the government channel resources or hire the services of NGOs and CBOs. “The Mexican experience – Strategy of public financing to civil society organizations to strengthen the response to HIV and AIDS” was meant to be a contribution to understand these collaborative, effective and effective work strategies, as well as, some of the challenges.

The digital versions of the publication are available in Spanish in this link http://bit.ly/EdCMexEsp  and in English in this link http://bit.ly/CSMexENGV2 .

AIDS 2018: 22nd International AIDS Conference

  • The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 23-27 July 2018. The pre-conference will take place immediately prior on 21 and 22 July.
  • The International AIDS Conference is held every two years and is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world.
  • Gathering more than 15,000 global leaders, policy makers, researchers and advocates, it is a unique forum that intersects science, advocacy and human rights.
  • The theme of AIDS 2018 is Breaking Barriers Building Bridges, drawing attention to the need of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations, including in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the North-African/Middle Eastern regions where epidemics are growing.
  • AIDS 2018 aims to promote human rights based and evidence-informed HIV responsesthat are tailored to the needs of particularly vulnerable communities — including people living with HIV, displaced populations, men who have sex with men, people in closed settings, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls and young people — and collaborate in fighting the disease beyond country borders.

In Memoriam: Jacqueline Wittebrood

It is with much sadness that we share the news of the passing of Jacqueline Wittebrood earlier this week.

Jacqueline was at International Civil Society Support since its humble beginnings in 2006 alongside Peter and Raoul. Jacqueline also acted as Communications Focal Point for the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund, co-created the Global Fund Advocates Network and with colleagues in global health, conceived of and launched the first “Here I Am” campaign which has grown into a widely appreciated network of champions for the Global Fund.

Jacqueline extended her hand in friendship to a generation of advocates from so many different backgrounds who feel she nurtured and instilled in us a sense of dedication and commitment for our collective efforts in the HIV-response and other global health issues.

Jacqueline was compassionate, diligent and always demonstrated a deep understanding of the key human rights and development issues of our time. She conveyed her ideas succinctly, without arrogance demonstrating profound commitment. Apart from her incredible intellect, Jacqueline’s humble demeanour and strong sense of social justice made her an effective advocate, an excellent colleague and truly an amazing individual.

On behalf of our extended, global family of advocates, we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Jacqueline’s family and friends. The obituary in which Jacqueline’s family shared the sad news (attached to this message), reads:

Defeated and for all of us much too soon, in great sadness we had to bid farewell to our loving, caring, brave and fierce Jacqueline” and: “You just had to love this woman.”

 We wholeheartedly share these sentiments; you will be in our hearts and minds when you gather for Jacqueline’s memorial service on Tuesday afternoon. Together, we will remember and celebrate her life.

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For those attending the Global Fund 38th Board Meeting this week, please note that information will be circulated about an informal gathering to remember Jacqueline.

 

 

 

 — Obituary —

 In 2014, Jacqueline brought this piece of artwork back from Australia; It is titled:

 “Bush Tucker at Alice Springs and Hermannsberg” by Joanne Wheeler

 

 

ICSS appoints leadership for new project, the Civil Society Sustainability Network

International Civil Society Support (ICSS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rico Gustav to the role of Senior Policy Adviser, Sustainability.

Mr. Gustav will lead on the development of the Civil Society Sustainability Network, which aims to mobilize support for medium and long-term sustainability of HIV- and TB-related programming for civil society and key and vulnerable populations as donors and countries continue to withdraw financial support from middle-income countries.

Activities of the Civil Society Sustainability Network include building and supporting a strong global network of effective advocates with meaningful involvement of those living in the most affected countries and regions, to redefine premature and harmful transitions and to hold all stakeholders to account on responsible transition planning.

Peter van Rooijen, Executive Director at ICSS, said “As a leader with vast experience at national, regional and global level, Rico brings a unique perspective and skillset to the ICSS team and to this important area of work, contributing to comprehensive sustainability frameworks for HIV and TB programmes. We are excited to welcome him on board.”

Rico Gustav will officially commence his new role on 1 June 2017 and can be reached at rg@icssupport.org.