The Global Fund, as one of the largest global financiers of HIV, TB and malaria programmes, supports governments to realize the rights of their people to the highest attainable standard of health without discrimination, in terms of state commitments to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
In addition to financial support for health services, the Global Fund recognises the critical role of protecting and promoting human rights and gender equality and supporting community systems strengthening in ensuring that appropriate and effective health services reach key populations and those who are most vulnerable.
recognises the promotion and protection of human rights and gender equality as one of the core objectives to invest in ending HIV, TB and malaria. The Strategy notes that “human rights barriers, stigma and discrimination undermine an effective response to the three diseases. Promoting and protecting human rights is essential to ensure that countries can control their epidemics, scale up where needed, and sustain their gains. Addressing gender inequality is essential as it drives increases in infection rates, and contributes to differential access to health services for men, women and transgender people. Gender inequality reduces the ability of women and girls to protect and keep themselves healthy, and access social services like education.”
The Global Fund has committed to promoting and protecting human rights, gender equality, and supporting community systems strengthening within its HIV, TB and malaria funding strategies, policies, guidelines and grant review processes, encouraging country applicants to integrate interventions to address these areas into their funding proposals. These are described in more detail in the Human Rights, Gender Equality and Community Systems Strengthening sections.
In addition, the Global Fund also addresses human rights, gender equality and community systems strengthening through: