The Stop TB Partnership has announced a call for proposals for the fifth round of the Stop TB Partnership’s Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS).
The CFCS is a small grant mechanism for grass-roots level community work on tuberculosis (TB) and supports civil society advocacy activities designed to attract greater attention from governments, vulnerable people and the public to the prevention and care of TB. Successful applicants will receive grants between US$ 5,000 and US$ 20,000.
Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO 20 AUGUST 2012
PLEASE NOTE: There is no application form – please email up to 1 page of text as detailed in the instructions below
Applications from people living with HIV, affected by TB and/or malaria in Eastern Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, and Asia, plus African countries with high UNITAID investments* are particularly encouraged to apply. *Including Uganda, Mozambique, DRC, Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi.
The Communities Delegation to UNITAID is seeking new members for its Communities Support Team, which works to raise awareness of UNITAID at country level, and to ensure UNITAID projects reach communities who need them. Full Terms of Reference are attached, and instructions on how to apply are included below. Please email completed applications to [email protected] and [email protected] by 20th August 2012 in order to be considered.
UNITAID is an international drug-purchasing facility, intervening for market impact to scale up access to prevention, diagnostic, and treatment products for HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria in developing countries. UNITAID raises money through a combination of taxes on airline tickets and long-term government funding. UNITAID is also a vehicle to encourage follow-on innovation, to ensure medicines are available in formulations and combinations that are best suited to the target populations and treatment conditions in developing countries.
Please note the revised application deadline: Friday 8th June 2012
Full terms of reference for the role, and an application form, can be downloaded here. Women living with HIV are encouraged to apply.
Please send completed applications to UNITAID Civil Society Delegations Liaison Officer, Jessica Hamer: [email protected]
UNITAID is an international drug-purchasing facility, intervening for market impact to scale up access to prevention, diagnostic, and treatment products for HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria in developing countries. UNITAID raises money through a combination of taxes on airline tickets and long-term government funding. UNITAID is also a vehicle to encourage follow-on innovation, to ensure medicines are available in formulations and combinations that are best suited to the target populations and treatment conditions in developing countries. For more information on unitaid, please see www.unitaid.eu
The Position: The Communities delegation to the Executive Board of UNITAID, representing Communities affected by HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, is looking to appoint a new Alternate Board Member (Alternate) to represent Communities.
On 30 April 2012, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) Bureau (which includes Poland, India, USA, the NGO Delegation and World Bank), met to finalize the upcoming 30th PCB and future agenda items.
Sex Worker Freedom Festival: the Alternative International AIDS Conference 2012 event for Sex Workers and Allies
21 to 27 July 2012 | Swabhumi, Kolkata, India
US government travel restrictions for sex workers mean that many of us will not be able, or will not want to go to the IAC in Washington this year. The Sex Worker Freedom Festival is an alternative event for sex workers and our allies to protest our exclusion and ensure the voices of those excluded are heard in Washington.
The festival programme will focus on freedoms that we are all entitled to:
- Freedom of movement and to migrate;
- Freedom to access quality health services;
- Freedom to work and choose occupation;
- Freedom to associate and unionise;
- Freedom to be protected by the law;
- Freedom from abuse and violence; and
- Freedom from stigma and discrimination.
Working with 9.5 hour time difference between Kolkata & Washington
Kolkata programming will start at 12.30 and run through to 22.30 to provide a 5 hour overlap with conference sessions and Global Village activities in Washington. We will have video linking between Kolkata and Washington conference sessions and the Global Village.
Registration for the Sex Worker Freedom Festival will open on 2 April 2012 and close on 30 June 2012. Registration forms will be available on the NSWP website at http://www.nswp.org/page/iac-2012-kolkata.
The Medicines Patent Pool Governance Board and the Medicines Patent Pool Expert Advisory Group (EAG) are calling for board candidate nominations. Full details, documents and official invitation letter are below.
Following recent consultations with civil society organisations, the Medicines Patent Pool Board has decided to appoint one Board member from the communities of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and two additional EAG members drawn from organisations representing communities of PLHIV with expertise in the field of work of the Medicines Patent Pool.
As part of this process we are asking organisations and networks of PLHIV to nominate suitable candidates who fulfil the requirements for the Board or EAG and who would be willing to participate in the governance of the Medicines Patent Pool.
The Governance Board is responsible for financial and strategic oversight of the Pool, ensuring that all regulatory and financial reporting requirements are fulfilled, and approval of any licensing agreement. Further details on the responsibilities of the Board can be found in the Statutes of the Medicines Patent Pool Foundation and in the attached document on the roles and responsibilities of the Board.
The role of the EAG is to provide the Governance Board and the Executive Director with advice regarding Patent Pool licence negotiations and to assess whether the terms and conditions of proposed licence agreements meet the key requirements as set out by the Medicines Patent Pool statutes and Memorandum of Understanding with UNITAID (MoU) and represent a significant improvement over the current situation. Further details on the EAG can be found in the attached document on roles and responsibilities of the EAG.
Since its creation on 13 February, 1340 supports have signed onto the Oslo Declaration on HIV Criminalisation. Prepared by civil society in Oslo, Norway, on the eve of the global High Level Policy Consultation on the Science and Law of the Criminalisation of HIV Non-disclosure, Exposure and Transmission, the declaration is an advocacy and policy statement against the overly-broad use of the criminal law to regulate and punish people living with HIV for behaviour that in any other circumstance would be considered lawful.
(updated; originally posted 31 Jan 2012)
UNAIDS has published the much anticipated guidance for partnerships with civil society, including people living with HIV and key populations (pdf). The creation of this document was based on a decision point from the conclusions of the Second Independent Evaluation (SIE) of UNAIDS at the 25th PCB meeting in December 2009, which requested that: