Vulnerable groups petition global fund
Sex workers and people living with AIDS seek assistance to meet survival needs.
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Deprived of sources of livelihood during the pandemic, sex workers, transpersons, gay and bisexual men, drug users and people living with HIV/AIDS have written to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) protesting against being ignored by government and multilateral agencies in COVID19related emergenc relief efforts.
The petitioners include
- National Network of Sex Workers in India,
- All India Network of Sex Workers,
- Telangana Intersex Transgender Samithi,
- Assam Network of Positive People,
- Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce in South Africa,
- Global Network of Sex Work Projects in the U.K
as well as several communitybased organisations and civil society organisations.
- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (or simply the Global Fund) is an international financing organization.
- It aims to attract, leverage and invest additional resources to end the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to support attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations.
- Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases.
- The organization maintains its secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.
- The Global Fund was formed as an independent, non-profit foundation under Swiss law and hosted by the World Health Organization in January 2002.
- In January 2009, the organization became an administratively autonomous organization, terminating its administrative services agreement with the World Health Organization.