Civil Society Feedback Needed THIS WEEK On New 2016 PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) Guidance

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) would like to inform our partners of the urgent need for civil society to provide feedback this week on draft PEPFAR 2016 Country/Regional Operational Plan (COP/ROP) Guidance.

According to the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), on Thursday, November 12th, the draft COP/ROP guidance will be posted on for external review and input. The review period will be open for one week until Thursday, November 19th, during which civil society can submit comments via an online form.

In preparation, we encourage you to attend one of two webinars for civil society that will be held by UNAIDS and PEPFAR to present the new draft COP guidance on Monday, November 16th at 1300 Central European time (0700 EST/1200 GMT) and 1600 Central European time (1000 EST/1500 GMT). The webinars will include discussion of the COP development process and offer opportunities to comment on policy issues and engagement of civil society in country COP development. UNAIDS notes that the webinar will be held at different times to maximize participation, but that the content will not vary between webinars. To register, please write to and note which of the two webinars you would like to attend.

We also remind you of the crucial and urgent need to:

  1. Engage with your PEPFAR country team (Important: we now have contacts for most PEPFAR countries, so please write to us if you need your PEPFAR country team’s contact information)
  2. Ensure that you receive a final version of your country’s approved COP directly from your PEPFAR country team
  3. Plan to participate in PEPFAR quarterly review civil society meetings, set to take place every three months starting in October 2015, and insist that the PEPFAR country team provide key populations data a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of the meeting
  4. Continue to communicate with other major donors and key stakeholders, such as the Global Fund and the local Ministry of Health, to align priorities for key populations programming
  5. Engage with your Key Affected Populations (KAP) representative in the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) in order to provide consolidated comments aligned between PEPFAR and the Global Fund, and try to reach out any KAP task forces in order to provide consolidated comments to your country draft COP

For background on the 2015 PEPFAR COP process, please consult our March, April, June, and October community updates.

As always, we greatly value receiving your thoughts and feedback, which help reinforce our advocacy efforts at local, regional, and global levels. Please communicate your feedback and any questions/concerns you may have to Nadia Rafif, Senior Policy Advisor, at We thank you kindly for your much-appreciated engagement with this critical process.

Kind regards,


MSMGF has worked since 2006 to encourage targeted, tailored, better-resourced, and rights- based sexual health services for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) worldwide through its advocacy and technical support work. As a global network, MSMGF has successfully influenced HIV responses at the local level through shifts in global-level policies and has effectively utilized public health as an entry point for advancing the human rights of LGBT people. MSMGF currently supports programs in 15 countries.

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