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Informational Conference Calls for PEPFAR's Key Populations Investment Fund - Notice Of Funding Opportunity

The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC) has announced a $100 million Key Populations Investment Fund (KPIF). The KPIF requests applications from ‘Prime Recipient’ organizations to scale up quality, key population (KP)-led community approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs. Additionally, applications are requested to address social and structural factors (such as stigma, discrimination, violence, and human rights violations) that negatively impact KP’s access to and retention in these programs.
 
PEPFAR staff will participate in the call to provide information and help answer questions related to the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The NOFO is available here.        

A High-level Failure for the United Nations on Key Populations

New York, NY – The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), The Global Network of Trans Women and HIV (IRGT), Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE),  and MSMGF (The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) together with the Global Platform to Fast-Track the HIV and Human Rights Responses Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (The Platform) are deeply disappointed by the adoption of a flawed Political Declaration today at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS (HLM).  The Political Declaration inexcusably fails to meaningfully address the HIV epidemic among key populations, including gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who use drugs, and transgender people. 

United Nations HLM Political Declaration Zero Draft Released: Early Highlights and Important Next Steps

(April 19, 2016 - Oakland, CA) – On April 18 the UN Mission co-facilitators Zambia and Switzerland released the “Zero Draft” of the political declaration for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM). MSMGF thanks the governments of Zambia and Switzerland for facilitating an inclusive process in developing and releasing the Zero Draft. This draft builds on the 2011 Political Declaration, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and emphasizing evidence-based strategies needed to effectively fast-track the end of AIDS.

New Tool Launched to Improve HIV Prevention Programmes for Transgender People

A new UN publication was launched April 6 to enable governments, public-health officials, programme managers, NGOs and health workers to create and improve HIV prevention programmes for transgender people. The new publication, Implementing comprehensive HIV prevention programmes with transgender people captures issues such as the need to empower communities of transgender people; address the stigma, discrimination and violence that they face; provide comprehensive health-care services that are accessible and acceptable to transgender people; and manage programmes.

Will the Global HIV Response Fail Gay Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men? Engaging with the United Nations High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

(March 17th, 2016 - Oakland CA) One of the key global HIV advocacy opportunities of this year, if not of many years to come, will occur at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM), to be held at the United Nations in New York City from June 8-10, 2016. At the HLM, diplomatic missions representing governments from across the world will meet and issue a “political declaration” on the HIV global response. This political declaration will, in turn, have significant influence for years to come in the setting of global HIV policy priorities, including those of national governments and major international donors.

David Kato Vision and Voice Award Moves to New Secretariat: Kaleidoscope Trust

The David Kato Vision and Voice Award (DKVVA) Steering Committee is pleased to announce a transition in secretariat for the DKVVA. The secretariat of the award was founded at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), then moved to the Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) for the past two years. During MSMGF’s tenure as secretariat, DKVVA selected two awardees from hundreds of impressive global nominees and built a successful partnership with the Teddy Awards of the Berlin International Film Festival for heightening visibility of the awardees and prize. The DKVVA Steering Committee now transfers the secretariat to the Kaleidoscope Trust.

MSMGF Turns 10 in 2016: SAVE THE DATE and Help Us Celebrate!

MSMGF (The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) was founded in 2006 at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto by activists from around the world concerned about the silence surrounding HIV among men who have sex with men, including gay and bisexual men. MSMGF was born out of an urgent need to act.

Consortium of MSM and Transgender Networks Submits Advocacy Brief to Global Fund Board Regarding Strategic Plan 2017-2022

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

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