The Red Beacon Group: Global Fund Technical Assistance to Reduce Human Rights-related Barriers for Key Populations. 

MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights, The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) are proud to announce the formation of The Red Beacon Group – a new initiative for providing technical assistance for key populations aimed to reduce barriers to services for HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria within Global Fund supported programs.

Newly appointed by the Global Fund’s Human Rights Strategic Initiative, the Red Beacon Group is uniquely poised to rapidly dispatch evidence-informed technical assistance (TA) in the areas of HIV, TB and malaria prevention and treatment access. This includes supporting community-engaged programming related to human rights, HIV, TB, and malaria for gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, and sex workers.

The three lead organizations have been working together as TA providers through CLAC (The Community Action and Leadership Collaborative) since 2014 and already provided assistance to a number of KP groups across the world. The organizing members of the Red Beacon Group are partnered with more than 300 organizations working across over 80 countries.

The Red Beacon Group is willing and prepared to offer technical assistance and support in all focus countries identified in the request for proposal including: Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Ukraine, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Ghana, Indonesia, Senegal, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Nepal, Tunisia, Jamaica, Honduras, Benin, and beyond.

Our networks, together with our respective regional and country-level affiliates, bring to our coalition an impressive array of ready-to-use and adaptable tools and expertise, including: key population-specific Global Fund information materials; experience in capacity building for key populations and other civil society organizations; trainings to build data collection skills among networks of key populations; and experience in forging partnerships between key population-led and more mainstream human rights organizations.

The Red Beacon’s approach is characterized by networking and connecting key stakeholders to each other and to resources including toolkits, curricula, written reports, consultants or experts, and funding. This can also include linking beneficiaries to tools and resources developed specifically for the purposes of building and strengthening community systems with a focus on organizational and technical capacity.

Any questions can be addressed to Nadia Rafif, Director of Policy at MPact:  nrafif@mpactglobal.org