Vulnerable groups petition global fund 

Sex workers and people living with AIDS seek assistance to meet survival needs. 

#GS2 #Social Justice 

Why in News? 

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. 

Petitioners 

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. 

GATF 

  • 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.  

Source: The Hindu  

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