One of the main objectives of the Global Fund’s Strategic Framework 2017-2022 is to “introduce and scale up programs that remove human rights barriers to accessing services,” including gender inequality and gender-based violence. The Global Fund is supporting an intensive effort to do this in 15 to 20 focus countries. The Global Fund will support selected countries to conduct an in-depth baseline assessment to document:
Based on these studies, a 5-year plan will be developed and implemented to scale up programs to address human rights barriers to services in each of the countries and to evaluate the impact of these programs against the baseline. Plans will include internationally recognized interventions to strengthen laws and policies, reduce stigma and discrimination, increase access to justice, sensitize law enforcers, and reduce violence and discrimination against women and girls.
The Global Fund’s guidance on human rights is outlined in the Human Rights, HIV, TB, malaria and HSS Grants Information Note, which provides guidance and highlights a package of interventions to include in Global Fund Concept Notes. The Global Fund has also set minimum human rights standards for Global Fund grant agreements.
“To end HIV, we must overcome discrimination in laws and policies, in practice and in our hearts” Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, said at a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, March 2016. “We must grasp the historic opportunity to become better people and societies, built on the firm foundation of an inclusive human family.”