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January 2019

Jan 31, 2019


Step up the fight!

Dear aidsfocus readers,

The call for the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) took place in Paris with strong emphasis and support from the French president Macron.  It will now become clear whether the “wake-up call”, which was sounded particularly clearly at the 2018 International AIDS Conference, has fallen on fertile ground or whether the tragic fight for money must start anew and be repeated again and again like a mantra (as something that people don’t actually want to hear any more...). The international community has already long and repeatedly committed itself to providing sufficient funds to bring an end to HIV/AIDS – a pledge that was recently renewed with the SDGs.

While Peter Sands, Director of the Global Fund, is calling for 14 billion USD as the replenishment target, NGOs are concerned that this amount is far below the sum required to accomplish the goals. Critical voices see this amount as the minimum to maintain existing programmes and far from being sufficient to bring the end of AIDS within our grasp. The withdrawal of the GF from “transition countries” is also seen as highly problematic in this regard and civil society organisations are sounding repeated warnings about a resurgence of the epidemic in these regions.

Plea for a New Strategy

This makes a proposal from Richard Horton very timely: a new strategy is required which sees the Global Fund redefining itself and expanding its brief. Horton is calling for an ‘ATM plus’ strategy: AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria plus UHC. This means a GF that, in addition to an increased commitment to fight the three infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria), champions primary health care and universal health coverage (UHC). For Horton, the future of the organisation is clearly at stake if it fails to achieve this balancing act (see also the 2018 IAS-Lancet Report).

It is obvious that the Global Fund is fighting for its survival. The diminishing funding of PEPFAR by the US government has resulted in less money for the GF. The financial commitment from other countries also leaves much to be desired, not least from Switzerland which – it should be recalled – has reduced its contributions to the Global Fund by 3 million francs. This means the Global Fund is navigating difficult waters. It will continue to seek contact with the private sector and will sometimes (be forced to) enter into questionable partnerships, as the recent example of Heineken showed. To prevent this, governments are called upon more strongly than ever to assume their global responsibilities and to provide reliable finance not only to the GF but to the entire UN and its affiliated organisations with appropriate contributions. We are eagerly anticipating 10 October 2019!

You can also read in our Topic of the Month about how SolidarMed has committed itself to the 90-90-90 UNAIDS strategy and is making significant progress in countries like Mozambique where still only 30% of young people are aware of their HIV status.


Martina Staenke
Communication Manager, Medicus Mundi Switzerland

Focus: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF)

Global Fund Announces US$14 Billion Target to Step Up the Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria Ahead of Lyon Conference in October 2019

The Global Fund, PARIS, 11 January 2019 - "The Global Fund today announced its fundraising target for the next three-year cycle, outlining how a minimum of US$14 billion will help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, and build stronger health systems by 2023. The summary of the Sixth Replenishment Investment Case describes what can be achieved by a fully funded Global Fund, the new threats facing global health progress today, and the risks if we don’t step up the fight now.


On results reporting and evidentiary standards: spotlight on the Global Fund

The Lancet - "Since its inception in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) has disbursed more than US$39 billion across 120 countries. Funding provided by donors, mainly the USA, France, the UK, Germany, and Japan, has undoubtedly affected the lives of millions of people.


Step up or slip back? The case for investing $14 billion for the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment - "Step Up the Fight” is the title of the Investment Case document published by the Global Fund for the Sixth Replenishment. That phrase accurately reflects the central message of the Investment Case which is that the Fund and its many partners need to “build on the gains we have made, or we [will] see those achievements eroded, infections and deaths resurge, and the prospect of ending the epidemics disappear.”


Are African countries ready for the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment’s push toward greater domestic financing to end HIV, TB and malaria? - "This year (2019) is a replenishment year for the Global Fund. With every replenishment comes a greater push for more domestic financing. Are the African countries ready?


Offline: Can the Global Fund survive?

The Lancet - "France will host the Sixth Replenishment Conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2019. The result may make or break the Global Fund. Although the date of the conference is not formally confirmed, it is likely to be sometime between June, when France will host the G7, and September (the UN General Assembly in New York). by Richard Horton


Fully Filling the Global Fund

Project Syndicat - "In a world divided by conflict and greed, the Global Fund’s fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria is a matter of enlightened self-interest and a reminder of how much humanity can accomplish when we cooperate to save lives. For public and private donors, that means providing the financing needed to eliminate all three scourges by 2030. (by Jeffry D. Sachs et al.)


Advancing global health and strengthening the HIV response in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals - The International AIDS Society—Lancet Commission

The Lancet - "The sustainable development goals (SDGs) have marked a new era in global development-to strive towards a healthier, fairer, and safer world by 2030. Improving the health and well-being of the world’s people is at the core of the SDGs and attaining universal health coverage is central to those health-related goals.


Topic of the month

SolidarMed ensures better quality of life for mothers and children affected by HIV - Supporting the local health system in Mozambique is a key measure to improve the quality of life for mothers and children affected by HIV. In partnership with local health care services, SolidarMed has actively traced 1’197 HIV-infected mothers lost to follow up and re-integrated them into anti-retroviral therapy (ART). (Photo: Chiùre Hospital, Mozambique/ © Christian Heuss)


Information from the Swiss community of practice

«Wir arbeiten sparsam und setzen die Spendengelder vorsichtig und effizient ein»

Der Murtenbieter - Ruedi Lüthy im Interview: «Es sind insgesamt gesehen die besten 15 Jahre in meinem bisherigen beruflichen Leben.»


HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhoe und Chlamydiose in der Schweiz im Jahr 2017: eine epidemiologische Übersicht

Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG) - "Im Jahr 2017 ist ein deutlicher Rückgang der an das BAGgemeldeten HIV-Diagnosen zu verzeichnen. Vermehrte Testung besonders exponierter Personengruppen und eine immer früher einsetzende Behandlung scheinen eine Trendwende ausgelöst zu haben.


International news

The future of UNAIDS

Devex - "Berlin: The United Nations AIDS agency ended 2018 in crisis. It is unclear how it will recover. The troubles center on the contents of a report, published by an independent panel in December, documenting how the program's leaders failed to prevent or respond to allegations of sexual harassment, bullying, and abuse of power.


DFID needs to keep pushing on AIDS, says HIV-positive MP

Devex - "LONDON — The United Kingdom’s aid department must put more resources into fighting HIV/AIDS or risk seeing global progress backslide, according to politician Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who stood up in the House of Commons and revealed he was HIV positive late last year.


She Conquers in South Africa

UNAIDS - "When she was four years old, Selokela Molamodi’s teacher asked the class what they wanted to be when they grew up. While her classmates volunteered more conventional professions, such as nurses, doctors and lawyers, Ms Molamodi’s answer, given with a fiery determination, was, “I want to be Minister of Education.”


Health for All, Means All

Medium - "Negative rhetoric against LGBTI people and crackdowns on civil society are shaping an environment of fear and repression in countries around the world, driving individuals underground and away from health systems and services. At the same time, many countries are taking steps to achieve universal health coverage — the idea that everyone, everywhere should have access to a set of essential health services without experiencing financial hardship.


Reports and Studies

Six innovative models for PrEP services - "For pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to have a substantial public health impact, access to PrEP needs to be improved so that more people who would benefit from it receive PrEP. Services need to adapt and innovate.


PEPFAR Releases New DREAMS Report 2018

PEPFAR - "The report highlights that, in the past year, new HIV diagnoses among adolescent girls and young women continued to decline in 85 percent of the highest HIV burden communities/districts that are implementing the program’s DREAMS public-private partnership.


2019 Country Operational Plan Guidance for all PEPFAR Countries

PEPFAR - "The newly-released final PEPFAR Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Country Operational Plan (COP) Guidance, which was informed by more than 540 comments from stakeholders around the world, will guide the development of continued lifesaving HIV prevention and treatment programs for all PEPFAR-supported countries and regions.


Focus on key populations in national HIV strategic plans in the WHO African Region Report

WHO - "National strategic plans (NSPs) play a vital role in fostering the understanding of and guiding the collective response to HIV epidemics. WHO commissioned a review of the most recent national strategic plans of 47 countries in the WHO African Region for their coverage of key populations. This review sought to identify strengths, gaps and weaknesses in the way that that these plans consider key populations.




Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG) - Das HIV&STI-Forum 2019 findet am 21. März 2019 im Kongresshaus in Biel zum Thema Sexarbeit statt. Anmeldungen bis am 4. März 2019 profitieren von einem Frühbucherrabatt. Hier finden Sie das Programm und Informationen zur Tagungsanmeldung. Wir freuen uns, Sie am Forum begrüssen zu dürfen.


Young people as actors in sexual health

MMS/ conference, 8 May 2019, Bern - Sexual health matters in youth! Young people’s health has started to attract the attention it deserves, and is increasingly prominent in global health initiatives.


Women Deliver 2019 Conference

Women Deliver Conference, 3-6 June 2019, Vancouver, Canada - The world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will focus on power, and how it can drive – or hinder – progress and change.


The 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science

International AIDS Society Conference, July 2019, Mexico City - International AIDS Society - "The 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science – known as IAS 2019 – will take place on 21-24 July 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.

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