Month: January 2018

The Global Fund CCM Evolution Project

In order to strengthen the Global Fund’s business model, the Global Fund Secretariat has been asked by the Global Fund Board to examine how to evolve the current CCM model to better deliver on the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022. This has also been part of the recent “CCM Audit” released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Global Fund CCM Evolution Project Objective The CCM Evolution Project’s overall objective is to ensure that current CCM practices can inform the exercise (‘learning from the past’), while ensuring the new CCM model would allow CCMs to best deliver on the new...

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PrEPing the vulnerable – Sri Lanka to roll out PrEP pilot under the new NSP

by Roshan DeSilva, Sri Lanka The effectiveness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) has been proven in number of research studies around the world. The significant role that PrEP can play in preventing new infections among gay, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people will indispensably contribute to reaching 90-90-90 targets. Despite the proven effectiveness of PrEP, rolling out PrEP programs for key populations remains a challenge in Asia and the Pacific due to number of reasons, such as financing of the drug by the national governments as part of the national HIV prevention programs, stigma and discrimination attached to PrEP, and the myths that contradict available research findings on the effectiveness of the drug. The discourse on rolling out PrEP for key populations in Sri Lanka has been gradually picking up momentum since the PrEPARING Asia Consultation organized by APCOM in 2015. However, a larger conversation on PrEP between the National STD/AIDS Control Program (NSACP) and the communities did not take place until the latter part of 2017. The National HIV Strategic Plan (NSP) for the period 2013- 2017 underwent an end-term review process to inform the development of the new NSP for the period of 2018- 2022. Key population organizations independently engaged in a parallel review process led by the communities themselves and developed a list of recommendations for the new NSP where communities officially declared...

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