Consortium of MSM and Transgender Networks Disappointed in Global Fund Strategy Draft

The Consortium of MSM and Transgender Networks submits an advocacy brief to the Global Fund Board members regarding the Global Fund Strategic Plan 2017-2022

The Global Fund Board is holding its 34th Board Meeting today and tomorrow, 16 -17 November 2015. This meeting includes formative discussions on the new Global Fund Strategic Plan 2017-2022. The Consortium of MSM and Transgender Networks* (The Consortium) is disappointed by the draft Strategy under consideration, which lacks boldness and specificity regarding key populations. The Consortium submitted its recommendations to the GF board members yesterday.

Access to comprehensive, targeted, rights‐based, and community supported sexual health programs for MSM and transgender people, including HIV services, are consistently undermined by stigma, discrimination, criminalization, and violence. Diagnostic capacity to monitor treatment outcomes at both the individual and community levels lags behind current technologies. The Consortium calls for a balanced HIV response – one that honors, respects, and supports community ingenuity, leadership, and knowledge. The Global Fund, now in its fourteenth year, must avoid developing a new strategy that is inconsistent with both its Key Population Action Plan and the history of human rights activism that helped birth the organization.

The Consortium broadly consulted our members and developed a list of recommendations, specific to MSM and transgender women, which the Global Fund should consider integrating into its 2017-2022 strategic framework and implementation plan. Our brief details priority issues and concerns, and offers recommendations to the Global Fund for ensuring that the concerns of MSM and transgender people are effectively addressed.

Please see our full advocacy brief HERE or more details. MSMGF – and the Consortium as a whole – will continue to observe closely the Global Fund Board implementation plan of its new strategy.

* The Consortium of MSM & Transgender Networks is an international collaborative endeavor of ten global and regional networks which includes MSMGF. Our Consortium believes that coordinated efforts to address the factors that impact MSM and transgender health and human rights could minimize duplication of effort, leverage our respective complementary strengths as advocacy and technical support providers, and ultimately result in significant resource efficiencies. Our consortium comprises a balance of regional and global networks, integrating critical perspectives on the epidemiologic dynamics and trends in the HIV sector. For more information about the Consortium, including the list of all of the member networks, please visit


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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