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11 February 2016
Shawn Clackett

Deal on Mosquito Nets to Yield $93 million in Savings

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GENEVA – As part of a new framework for procuring health products in the most cost-effective and sustainable way, the Global Fund has reached an agreement to purchase insecticide-treated mosquito nets that prevent malaria with projected savings of US$93 million over two years.

By achieving sharply lower prices for nets – a 38 percent reduction from 2013 – the agreement serves the Global Fund’s goal of accelerating progress against malaria, a preventable disease that most seriously affects young children and pregnant women. Building on the Global Fund’s large-scale purchasing power, the framework improves the supply of an important tool to fight the epidemic.

The Global Fund projects US$350 million in mosquito net purchases over the next two years through its Pooled Procurement Mechanism. A tender process has selected 10 suppliers and includes volume commitments from the Global Fund and performance contracts from the suppliers.

The agreement creates a level of certainty for suppliers, allowing them greater visibility and planning time to manufacture and deliver nets. That facilitates lower prices, and yields significant savings for the Global Fund partnership. The US$93 million in projected savings is equivalent to about 40 million additional nets.

“The money saved here can buy more nets,” said Christopher Game, Chief Procurement Officer at the Global Fund. “We worked closely with partners to strike the balance between achieving cost savings, promoting sustainable supply, and recognizing manufacturer investment in the development of new products to fight malaria.”

A previous Global Fund procurement tender for insecticide-treated mosquito nets was concluded in late 2013 and implemented over 2014-2015. That agreement saw the successful purchase of 170 million nets at a stable price, with a major improvement in delivery times.

The agreement is geared to purchase nets from multiple suppliers, reducing risk and encouraging local production, which reduces transport costs. About one-fifth of the nets to be procured will be manufactured in Africa. For the first time, the nets will be color-coded, allowing their durability to be tested at six-month intervals. The data collected from this research creates the possibility for future product innovation.

27 January 2016
Shawn Clackett

Latest Global Fund Results

See full story at http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/results/

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The Global Fund’s cumulative results, as of end 2015, show strong progress in supporting programs that aim to end HIV, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. The latest results show that Global Fund grants have supported:

8.6 million people currently on treatment for HIV

 

3.3 million HIV-positive women receiving treatment to prevent HIV transmission during pregnancy

 

470 million people conciliated and tested for HIV

 

7.8 million orphans and vulnerable children provided with care and support

 

5.2 billion condoms distributed

 

16 million people treated for TB/HIV co-infection

 

15 million cases of tuberculosis treated

 

230,000 people treated for multidrug-resistant TB

 

600 million mosquito nets distributed

 

61 million homes and buildings sprayed to eliminate mosquitoes

 

560 million people treated for malaria

 

470 million disease prevention activities

 

29 million HIV-positive people receiving care and support

 

16.1 million training sessions for health workers

 

 

17 January 2014
Shawn Clackett

Remembering Andrew Paul Hunter

In loving memory of our friend and human rights warrior Andrew Paul Hunter
~ 22.1.1968 – 26.12. 2013 ~

Andrew Paul Hunter

We are still so deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Andrew Hunter who died suddenly in Bangkok on Boxing Day. Andrew had devoted his entire adult life to social justice for maligned and marginalised communities particularly that of sex workers, people living with HIV and people who use drugs. His passing has not just left a hole in our hearts but has also left a giant hole in the sex worker rights movement. We will miss his leadership and seemingly unstoppable energy in advancing the rights of sex workers and other marginalised communities that he represented so admirably and selflessly. Known by some as the gentle mentor, Andrew was the current President of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), founding co-ordinator of the Scarlet Alliance and a founding member of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW).

In honour of our friend Andrew and for those who cannot be in Bangkok at his formal memorial service on Saturday 18th January, we will be holding a small intimate service in Melbourne on the day to mourn his passing but above all, to celebrate his life, his loves and his passion for righting wrongs and consider a permanent memorial to honour Andrew’s contribution to sex worker rights.

If you can’t be at any of the the memorial services being held for Andrew, light a red candle in his honour, unfurl your red umbrella, raise your glasses and give thanks for the friendships and alliances he so lovingly encouraged. It is these memories and our friendships and alliances that will sustain us in our loss and bolster us as we continue to pursue Andrew’s dream where only rights will stop the wrongs.

For information on the Melbourne memorial service location and time please send an email to 

5 December 2013
Shawn Clackett

Friends Organizations Applaud the Successful Fourth Voluntary Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Despite Challenging Economic Climate, Donor Pledges Increased by 30%

Washington, D.C., December 3, 2013 — Today, international donors committed US$ 12 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its Fourth Voluntary Replenishment meeting. This amount, which will provide funding for 2014 through 2016, represents a 30% increase over hard commitments made at the previous replenishment conference in 2010. As global advocates for the organization, Friends of the Fund Africa, Europe and Japan; Pacific Friends of the Global Fund; and Friends of the Global Fight in the United States want to applaud this significant milestone.

“This is an enormous success by any measure,” said Laurent Vigier, President of Friends of the Global Fund Europe. “But particularly in a time of constrained economies, the collaboration and generosity demonstrated by donor countries is a recognition of the tremendous work of the Global Fund and its ability to help turn the tide against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.”

Every three years, countries from around the world gather to make financial pledges to continue the fight against the three diseases. This year’s meeting not only brought donor governments to the table, but also demonstrated the shared support and accountability of the broader international community.

“This mobilization of resources is truly a collective effort,” said Deb Derrick, President of U.S.-based Friends of the Global Fight. “In addition to the generosity of traditional donor governments, significant efforts by civil society organizations, communities, emerging economies, the private sector and implementing countries themselves all contributed to these results.”

“The Global Fund was designed to pursue its mission through a partnership model, and its gradual success at turning the tide for the three diseases is supported by a galvanized effort of all the above mentioned stakeholders. The role of public health advocates in achieving the objectives of the Global Fund cannot be over emphasized and we, the Friends organizations around the world, are proud to play a part in today’s collective success” continued Dr Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba CEO and Founder of Friends Africa.

The need for continued focus on global health is critical. Recent scientific developments, combined with improved epidemiology and a decade of implementation experience, present a unique opportunity to contain and ultimately defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Investments in the three diseases also serve as a platform for addressing the broader health of individuals.

“The Global Fund delivers the majority of international funding for tuberculosis and provides more than 50 percent of international funding for malaria and more than 20 percent for global AIDS relief,” said Wendy McCarthy, Chair of Pacific Friend of the Global Fund. “It is the best instrument we have to defeat these three deadly epidemics. Today’s announcement helps ensure that the work of the organization—helping to save more than 100,000 lives a month—will continue in the years to come.”

But today’s efforts are not the end rather they mark a beginning to a rolling, three-year resource mobilization effort.

“Over the next three years, the Friends organizations and the broader advocacy community will work together with the Global Fund to ensure the necessary resources are in place and used effectively,” said Ken Shibusawa, Director of Friends of the Global Fund Japan. “Together, we can work toward defeating these three diseases.”

20 November 2013
Guest Contributor

ICAAP11 Day One: Setting The Agenda

By Dr Timothy West, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund Representative at ICAAP11

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BANGKOK – Day one of the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP11) featured keynote addresses from senior government officials and NGO representatives from some 80 countries, including Mr Pradit Sintavanarong, Public Health Minister of Thailand representing Ms Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of Fiji, Ms Jan Beagle, Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, Mr Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) and also known as “Mr Condom” in Thailand, and Professor N.M. Samuel, President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (ASAP). Video messages from Aung San Suu Kyi, UNAIDS Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination and Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive Director were also screened.

There were strong recurring themes in presentations which set the tone and agenda for the remainder of the conference, which runs until Friday 22 November.

Most importantly, there was recognition that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 and that post-2015, HIV may receive less attention than it has over the last thirteen years. In his video message, Mr Sidibe argued that in light of this, there were three critical questions that the conference should address. Firstly, it should determine how to meet the specific aims of MDG 6, which sets specific goals for HIV treatment and prevention, before the MDGs expire. Second, it should re-kindle HIV/AIDS activism in the community to prepare for advocacy in the post-2015 world. Third, it should start the process of defining what goals should be set in the post-2015 world. These issues should be discussed with the understanding that neither a cure nor vaccine for HIV/AIDS are on the horizon and that therefore long-term plans must be based on currently implementable policies such as treatment as prevention.

The need to focus on key at-risk groups, as well as the generalised epidemic, was also a common theme of the first day. These groups are well-recognised and in the Asia-Pacific context consist of men who have sex with men (MSM), intravenous drug users (IVDU), those who buy and sell sex, transgendered people and migrant workers. The focus should consist both of engaging and empowering these communities to represent themselves, and societal and legal change to remove discriminatory law and customs. Furthermore, discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) must also be addressed. Daw Suu Kyi said, “You and I can make a difference by reaching out and letting people lead a life of dignity regardless of their HIV status or sexual orientation. We need an Asia-Pacific community of compassion to end discrimination.”

There was a strong emphasis on the need for rational, evidence based policy. In particular, there is a need to provide anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy to all people with HIV, regardless of their CD4 cell count. Known as “early test/treat”, this policy is backed by strong scientific evidence but within the Asia-Pacific region only Cambodia has made significant headway in its implementation. Barriers to its implementation include uncertainty of long-term funding for ARV therapy. Ms Beagle pointed out that at present 62% of funding for ARV therapy within the Asia-Pacific region was from government sources, and that the maintenance of this level of domestic funding is critical to continuing and extending the delivery of ARV therapy across the region. Presently, only half of those eligible for ARV therapy receive it.

Finally, there was recognition that young people are critical to the fight against HIV/AIDS. There is a need to engage and educate young people throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and to ensure that they are able to access HIV testing and ARV therapy. For example, Thailand is presently planning law reform to allow minors to access these critical services without parental consent. In describing previous successful campaigns of youth engagement, Mr Viravaidya gave a humorous and highly informative presentation in which he described Thailand’s successful education program. This program began in the late 1980s and involved sex education across all of society, in schools at all levels, and broad distribution of condoms in such places as shopping centres, bars, toll booths, gas stations and McDonalds. Police also distributed condoms in a program Mr Viravaidya described as the “cops and rubbers” programme.

The remainder of the conference will examine these issues in detail. As Mr Sintavanarong said in the closing address for the day, “We have the capacity, and now we need to demonstrate how the Asia-Pacific region can lead the world to zero HIV, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths”.

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Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a high-level advocacy organisation which seeks to mobilise regional awareness of the serious threat posed by HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to societies and economies in the Pacific. In pursuing its goals Pacific Friends has a specific interest in highlighting the need to protect the rights of women and children in the Pacific.

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