Statement from participants in the Global Fund’s community and civil society 2021 Pre- Partnership Forum collective
As representatives of civil society and communities of people living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria around the world, we acknowledge and appreciate the Global Fund’s work over the past 20 years in leading and supporting the delivery of services essential to our health and the health of our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues. We have a strong desire to help the Global Fund do this work even better, so that it will have a bigger and longer-lasting impact among the millions of people who can benefit from its programmes.
More than 100 of us discussed what could and should be done toward this overall objective during a series of three civil society pre-Partnership Forum virtual gatherings held over the last two weeks of January 2021. These meetings were also organized by the Global Fund Secretariat and had the same regional breakdown as the Partnership Forums themselves. They offered an opportunity for us to strategize on collective community and civil society priorities for the 2022–2026 Global Fund Strategy and prepare for how they could be presented and discussed during the Partnership Forums.
Because we come from different countries and regions, face different epidemics and risks, and live and work in a wide range of political, social and economic contexts, our specific needs regarding HIV, TB and malaria vary as well. But we collectively come with many years of experience of implementing Global Fund programmes, including as members of Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs); engaging on regional Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) platforms; serving as Board Delegation members; and in many other different ways. Our common commitment to deliver services to address the needs of communities underpins our shared hopes and expectations from the Global Fund.