HIV/AIDS: What You Need to Know

Symptoms, causes, treatments, testing, and other important info about HIV/AIDS.

“The reality is that HIV is a complex illness. It’s a biological disease (a virus), but it has social and cultural causes — as well as social and cultural impacts. When people talk about HIV, it’s hard to talk about any one of these aspects without bringing up all of them.” produced a helpful primer on the different aspects of HIV and how they interact. The Primer explains clearly what HIV is, how HIV can go from one person to another, the difference between HIV and AIDS, prevention, testing, and much more. is a leading authority on and has acted as an essential resource for the HIV/AIDS community for over 20 years. HIV/AIDS: What You Need to Know is an in-depth article for those recently diagnosed with or interested in learning more about HIV.

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  and in English in this link .

Action plan to reverse destructive HIV financing trends in middle-income countries

This action plan was developed following a series of discussions held in New York, Durban and
Amsterdam. For the Amsterdam meeting, held at the end of October 2016, International Civil Society
Support (ICSS) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) organized a gathering of 35 advocates from
around the world to discuss the need for and methods to coordinate advocacy, capacity-building and
communications efforts to address the funding crisis in middle-income countries. This document is a
result of those discussions and the background documents that informed them. The Amsterdam meeting
agenda and the participants list are included in this document as Annex 2 and Annex 3, respectively. Read more

Advocacy Alert: Ensuring Better Sustainability, Transition and Co-Financing Component in the Global Fund 2017-2019 Allocation Cycle

Civil Society Sustainability Network

What is this Information Note about?

This advocacy alert aims to create awareness and provide attention to opportunities within Global Fund processes and mechanisms in order to integrate and improve the quality of activities related to Sustainability, Transition and Co-financing (STC) in Global Fund funding requests (formerly known as “Concept Notes”) and the grant-making process during the 2017-2019 allocation cycle.

Even if your country has submitted a funding request for Window 1 or 2, there are still opportunities to include STC-related activities in the grant request or during implementation.

Who is this Information Note for?

This information is intended for community, key populations and civil society actors with some level of engagement in Global Fund processes at national and regional levels. CCM members representing civil society – those who are and will be engaged in country dialogues and civil society groups in countries that are transitioning or preparing for transition – are the primary audience of this advocacy alert.
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GFAN & FSP launch urgent financing & key population reports at AIDS 2016

DURBAN, South Africa, 20 July 2016 – Fully replenishing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria is essential for delivering on the promises to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic made in the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Declaration on Ending AIDS. While fully replenishing the Fund would save millions of lives, failure to do so would unravel years of progress and jeopardize effective programmes for reaching key and vulnerable populations at greatest risk for HIV.

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