GNP+ is excited to introduce our new Board members! Susan Cole (United Kingdom), Miguel Ángel López (Colombia) and Yuri Yoursky (Estonia), each bringing a wealth of experience and dedication to the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+). Their diverse backgrounds and unwavering commitment to people living with HIV and the HIV movement bringing make them valuable additions to our team.

Susan Cole is a renowned HIV activist, broadcaster, writer, and public speaker with over two decades of advocacy for people living with HIV. She leads community engagement and broadcasting activities at NAM Aidsmap, and her passion for addressing health inequities facing women and people of color living with HIV is inspiring.

Miguel Ángel López leads the NGO MásQueTresLetras in Colombia, focusing on HIV education through innovative means. As a journalist pursuing a master’s in public health, Miguel’s expertise in communication and his commitment to Latin America will be a valuable voice on our board.

Yuri Yoursky, an LGBT Human Rights activist from Ukraine, is the Programs Lead at Eurasian Coalition for Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity (ECOM). Yuri is dedicated to promoting human rights, tackling stigma and discrimination, and advancing HIV services for gay men and trans people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

We are excited to welcome our new board members as we embark on this exciting journey of strengthening our leadership at GNP+. This year has seen the dawn of a new era in the GNP+ leadership, and we are filled with optimism for the future of community leadership in the AIDS response. The dedication and expertise of our new board members strengthen our governance structure firmly securing our important role in shaping the health and rights of all people living with HIV.” – Rodrigo Olin, GNP+ Board Chair.

Susan, Miguel, and Yuri are joining Rodrigo Olin, Valeriia Rachynska, Friedel Dausab and Renatta Langlais, to champion our cause with unwavering commitment to our recently launched GNP+ strategy. Together, this indomitable team is poised to advance the health and rights of all people living with HIV.

GNP+ Board Members
GNP+ Board Members: Back Row – Miguel Ángel López, Susan Cole, Yuri Yoursky. Front Row: Valeriia Rachynska, Rodrigo Olin (Chair), Renatta Langlais.

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW Global), and the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+ Global), stand united in our support for the reauthorisation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  

Over the years, PEPFAR has played a pivotal role in ending AIDS, and its impact on the lives of children, young people, women, and key populations cannot be overstated. 

From its inception in 2003, PEPFAR has been a beacon of hope for all people living with HIV globally, particularly in resource-limited settings where access to life-saving treatment was a distant dream.  

An estimated 20 million people are currently on HIV treatment and 1.5 million have access to pre-exposure prophylaxis thanks to PEPFAR. The programme has helped to prevent an estimated 25 million HIV-related deaths, and 5.5 million children were born HIV-free.  Reimagining PEPFAR’s Strategic Direction is a step forward for a comprehensive response to HIV, building on significant progress while addressing persistent gaps and inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, in our current drive to meet global HIV goals, PEPFAR remains an indispensable weapon in our arsenal.” 

“One of the most remarkable achievements of PEPFAR has been its unwavering commitment to addressing the unique needs of all people living with and affected by HIV,” says Florence Anam, Co-Executive Director of GNP+. “The program has worked tirelessly to ensure that children born with HIV have access to early diagnosis and treatment, giving them the chance to lead healthy lives. Moreover, PEPFAR’s investments in paediatrics research and treatment have paved the way for innovations that have saved countless young lives.” 

Adolescent girls and young women have long been recognised as a priority population in the response. PEPFAR has prioritised this demographic, implementing programs that empower them with knowledge about sexual and reproductive health and providing access to HIV prevention methods. The focus on the unique vulnerabilities faced by young women, PEPFAR is helping to build resilience, break the cycle of transmission and protect future generations. 

“PEPFAR has empowered women living with HIV to live in a world where HIV is not a barrier to our dreams,” emphasises Kneeshe Parkinson, Vice Chair of ICW Global “It has shown us that when we work together, women can overcome even the greatest challenges. Let’s renew our commitment to ending the HIV epidemic, ensuring sexual reproductive health and rights for all women, and empowering the most marginalised among us.” 

Key populations, including sex workers, men who have sex with men, and people who use drugs, have historically faced discrimination and marginalisation, making them more susceptible to HIV. PEPFAR has been instrumental in preventing new HIV transmissions and ensuring that all people living with HIV receive the care and support they need. Through partnerships with community-based organisations, PEPFAR has created safe spaces where key populations can access testing, treatment, counselling and support services without fear of stigma or discrimination. 

For young people living with and affected by HIV, PEPFAR is not just a program; it’s a promise of a brighter tomorrow,” asserts Maximina Jokonya, Interim Executive Director for Y+ Global. “It has provided us with the tools and resources to advocate for our own health and well-being. Let us not falter now but continue to work hand-in-hand, and empower future generations of youth leaders to drive meaningful change.”  

One of the most impressive aspects of PEPFAR’s work is its emphasis on sustainability. PEPFAR has invested in strengthening healthcare systems in the countries it serves, ensuring that the progress made in ending AIDS and new HIV transmission is secured in the phase of current and emerging trends of climate change and new pandemics. This long-term vision is essential for maintaining the gains achieved over the years. 

In the words of Florence Anam, Co-Executive Director of GNP+: “PEPFAR has been a lifeline for people living with HIV, including children, women, and key populations, globally. It has not only saved lives but has empowered all of us and the communities to take control of our health. Reauthorising PEPFAR is not just a moral imperative; it is a strategic investment in a healthier, more equitable future.”, underscores Anam. 

PEPFAR continues to show commitment towards SDG 3 by working to eliminate inequalities that keep people from accessing health care services and keeping the voices of People Living with HIV at the Centre of PEPFAR’s response. 

As we advocate for the reauthorization of PEPFAR, we must also recognise the threat of complacency. HIV is far from being defeated, and the gains made through PEPFAR’s and other partners, with the leadership of UNAIDS efforts can easily be eroded. We must continue to prioritise research, innovation, and access to care for all who need it, with a person-centred, rights-based gender equitable sustainable response. There are 9 million people living with HIV who are not on treatment.  

GNP+, ICW Global, and Y+ Global, urges policymakers and the US congress to reauthorise PEPFAR to pave the way for a HIV free generation.  

We are absolutely thrilled to share some incredible news – the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) has welcomed two extraordinary individuals to our vibrant team!

Please join us in extending a warm and enthusiastic welcome to Daughtie Ogutu and Tinashe Rufurwadzo, who recently became a part of the GNP+ family. Daughtie and Tinashe bring with them not only their remarkable dedication to activism but also a wealth of passion and expertise in technical and feminist leadership.

Daughtie Ogutu has taken on the role of Programme Manager, spearheading our efforts within the Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate all Forms of Stigma and Discrimination and with HIV Justice Worldwide. With a stellar track record leading the African Sex Worker’s Alliance (ASWA) and Frontline Defenders, Daughtie’s advocacy for sex workers and sexual and reproductive health and rights is unmatched.

Tinashe Rufurwadzo joins us as the Digital Empowerment Manager, focusing on the Digital Health and Rights Project. Tinashe’s journey, marked by bold leadership at Y+ Global and as Global Communications Manager at Prevention Access Campaign, is a testament to his dedication to advocating for marginalized populations.

As we embark on this exciting new chapter, both Daughtie and Tinashe come on board at a pivotal moment for GNP+, aligning with our renewed strategy. Their leadership and dedication to working with networks and communities to enhance the lives of people living with HIV in all their beautiful diversity are truly inspiring.

Let’s extend our warmest welcome to Daughtie and Tinashe as we unite in our collective mission to make a lasting impact!

Welcome aboard, Daughtie and Tinashe! Together, we will make a difference.

Next week, GNP+ together with its coalition partners HIV Justice Worldwide and the Love Alliance will be at the Fast-Track Cities 2023 Conference, taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands from the 25th – 27th of September, 2023. 

The conference organised by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), in collaboration with UNAIDS, Stop TB Partnership, World Hepatitis Alliance, and Fast-Track Cities Institute, will bring together more than 500 cities worldwide committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.3 of ending the HIV and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics, and the World Health Organization (WHO) goals of eliminating HBV and HCV, by 2030. 

The conference aims to provide a space for interactive dialogue and facilitate the collaborative development of innovative approaches to ending HIV and TB and eliminating HBV and HCV. The conference will feature a distinguished faculty from across the Fast-Track Cities network, convened under the theme, “Integration and Inclusion for Impact,” reflecting the importance of an integrated approach to urban HIV, TB, and viral hepatitis responses that prioritises inclusivity in health and social care.

Our network partners including; the HIV Justice Network, Aidsfonds, Prevention Access Campaign, GATE, and Treatment Action Campaign will be in attendance and presenting their work. The roadmap below highlights some of the events our partners will be leading and participating in:

View the official website for the full schedule of events here.

Through our Positive Universe consortium, we support PLHIV networks from EECA, West Africa and MENA regions to actively engage with policymakers and discussions around UHC at the country and regional levels. Here is their input to the HLM on UHC happening at UNGA78, with data collected in consultation with local constituencies.

As we advance, we call on governments and all stakeholders to ensure and expand the engagement of civil society and communities in the design, implementation and monitoring of UHC and to ensure UHC strategies are truly universal, equitable and inclusive: prioritise the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups by guaranteeing their access to quality health services.

Read the statements below:

UHC Statement NAP+WA

UHC MENA Statement

UHC EECA Statement

GNP+ and partners developed a statement comparing the commitments in the 2019 UHC Political Declaration and the 2023 UHC Political Declaration, focusing on the following areas:

  • References To HIV
  • Human Rights Language
  • Communities
  • Integration

In summary, the 2023 UHC Political Declaration takes positive steps towards prioritising person-centred care, better coordination in healthcare, and increased recognition of HIV and community importance. However, it fails to address human rights issues, particularly for criminalised and marginalised communities. Additionally, it misses the opportunity to strengthen essential healthcare aspects and funding commitments for multilateral organisations and community-led responses. Future efforts should rectify these shortcomings to ensure comprehensive healthcare coverage, encompassing human rights and equitable funding.

Read the statement here

The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) is delighted to announce that our Global Advocacy Manager Cédric Nininahazwe has been selected to join the steering committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Civil Society Commission. We celebrate this milestone as we continue to sustain the Denver principles and acknowledge our accountability to the broader civil society and communities. 

The Commission is a WHO Secretariat-led network comprised of civil society organizations (CSOs) whose role is to strengthen dialogue, foster collaboration and provide recommendations to support WHO in its engagement with civil society at global, regional, and national levels. The Steering Committee will help to guide the work of the Commission in partnering with civil society to improve preparedness and response to public health emergencies and to accelerate attainment of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. 

It became clear during COVID that the extensive experience of networks of people living with HIV around the world enabled them to respond rapidly and successfully to the needs of their communities. This wealth of expertise in meaningful, ethical, and effective community engagement is a rich resource to help the world prepare for future pandemics and other health emergencies. Cédric’s selection for the Steering Committee is an exciting recognition of this collective expertise and an important opportunity that builds on GNP+’s proud tradition as custodian of the 1983 Denver Principles, the foundation for the self-empowerment and self-determination of all people living with HIV. 

With this important “seat at the table,” GNP+ sees its role on the Civil Society Commission Steering Committee as going beyond HIV alone – acting as a responsible steward of the position to bring the voices and priorities of the wider community and partners into the global health agenda, in order to promote equity, rights and access to health for all. 

As Cédric himself acknowledges, ‘‘It’s an historic opportunity to strengthen WHO engagement with civil society and communities, and I can’t take it for granted. Guided by accountability and transparency, my commitment is to work with everyone to bring about the changes needed.’’ 

In the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a story of resilience and unity is unfolding amid an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. This narrative is centered around the strength and determination of communities of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key populations. These communities, driven by the courage of their members and the unwavering support of organisations, are not merely surviving but emerging as beacons of hope. During this year’s World Humanitarian Day, it is essential to recognize and stand in solidarity with these remarkable groups and people who are shaping a future characterised by inclusivity, resilience, and compassion.

Amidst the chaos and displacement caused by the crisis, stories of courage and determination are emerging from the hearts of the affected communities. These communities are not passive victims; they are active agents of change in the face of adversity, particularly in addressing challenges related to HIV.

The turmoil and uncertainty resulting from the crisis have brought unique challenges to PLHIV and key populations. The disruption of medical services has worsened existing health conditions, and these communities are grappling not only with the immediate consequences of the crisis but also with the task of ensuring continued access to essential HIV treatment and care.

The crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion has highlighted the critical importance of humanitarian aid. Eleven community-led organisations in Ukraine, along with networks of PLHIV and key populations in neighbouring countries, have become lifelines for the most vulnerable, particularly those living with HIV/TB and key populations that have been disproportionately impacted.

These organisations are collaboratively devising strategies to respond to the crisis. They are ensuring that antiretroviral treatment remains uninterrupted, while also providing vital assistance with diagnostics and transportation. Beyond medicines and supplies, they are extending psychosocial support and preserving human dignity. However, their role extends even further. When a humanitarian crisis strikes, these community organisations step up in unprecedented ways, offering assistance with evacuations, establishing shelters, and providing essentials like food and clothing.

However, beneath the surface lies a deeper struggle. Amidst the chaos, fewer PLHIV and key populations are seeking the necessary treatment or prevention. The immediate need for shelter and sustenance often overshadows the importance of HIV services. People living with HIV, TB patients, and members of key communities are prioritising their families’ immediate needs, relegating their healthcare requirements to a secondary concern. The painstaking process of securing shelter consumes valuable time and resources, diverting attention from healthcare needs.

In the face of stress, compounded by the fear of stigma and discrimination, seeking shelter takes precedence over seeking treatment. Stigma acts as a barrier, discouraging timely access to treatment and further complicating the search for alternative income sources. The challenges are well-documented through cases reported to NGOs and networks. This underscores the vital role of integrating HIV services with humanitarian aid, ensuring that treatment adherence remains a priority amid the crisis.

The socio-economic challenges exacerbated by the conflict have hit PLHIV particularly hard. A staggering 92% are eligible for cash aid due to their low earnings. Key populations, often overlooked, face barriers when seeking humanitarian aid from non-governmental organisations. Despite claims of inclusivity, these groups often receive inadequate support due to the fear of discrimination during emergencies. The majority of clients prefer support from HIV-focused organisations, with 87% refraining from seeking assistance, often isolating themselves due to stigma.

The findings of rapid assessments conducted by Light of Hope in June and July 2022, and June 2023, with support from the Global Network of People Living with HIV, echo these observations. Integrating humanitarian aid with HIV and TB services emerges as a crucial approach. The concept of a “one-stop-shop,” providing a comprehensive range of services in a trusted environment, emerges as a promising solution. However, the sustainability of humanitarian support is limited as HIV donors primarily focus on HIV and TB epidemics. Yet, exceptions were made during the early stages of the conflict, allowing for the adaptation of community services. As needs evolve, community organisations, once heavily dependent on major donors like The Global Fund and PEPFAR, must seek alternative funding sources and develop new strategies for accountability and communication.

A shining example is a successful pilot project in Ukraine, supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, UNAIDS, and the Open Society Foundation, and executed by Light of Hope and 11 community-led organisations. This initiative aimed at strengthening the capacity of HIV-oriented community-led organisations in humanitarian responses has yielded significant results. These community-led organisations were able to secure $2 million in funding from humanitarian donors thanks to a $75,000 investment.

In the midst of the turmoil, these communities are not only confronting physical health challenges but are also championing human rights. A human rights defender asserts that donors, technical support providers, and regional networks must adapt their approaches to empower community-led groups to advocate for and defend human rights, even in the face of differing values.

Human rights violations, stigma, and discrimination are formidable barriers that hinder access to vital services for internally displaced people, migrants, and refugees. The persistent advocacy by community-led and civil society organisations has played a pivotal role in ensuring continued access to life-saving ARV medicines, TB treatment, and other critical services for those affected by HIV and TB. These organisations have demonstrated that their reach extends far beyond their core constituencies, embracing a broader responsibility in both Ukraine and countries hosting refugees.

In the middle of economic turmoil in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, communities living with HIV are among the most vulnerable. The convergence of economic hardships with strained health and social services has a disproportionate impact on these populations. Escalating inflation and fluctuating currency exchange rates exacerbate the challenges, driving up the costs of services, logistics, and medicines.

In these trying times, the indomitable spirit of communities living with HIV, TB, and key populations shines through. Beyond their immediate constituencies, these groups in Ukraine and neighbouring countries have emerged as pillars of support for the wider population. They have bridged the gap between refugees and health and social protection services, serving as a beacon of hope in times of darkness. However, the well-being of activists and community leaders remains a concern.

Historically, networks have been essential in connecting activists, professionals, and decision-makers. Yet, these networks now face unprecedented challenges and complexities. The ongoing crisis has strained solidarity, magnifying divisions, particularly regarding Russia’s invasion. The road ahead requires these networks to navigate uncharted waters – maintaining unity and shared values while accommodating refugees and migrants in the diaspora.

In June 2022, various organisations converged in Vilnius, driven by an imperative to unite in the face of adversity. This gathering was pivotal, not just for organisational resilience but also for constructing a consensus across the region on vital matters. This led to the creation of an official communiqué , meticulously outlining the shared perspectives, agreements, and recommendations that emerged from the discussions. This document further paved the way for recommendations directed towards the Global Fund, ensuring that the voices of communities are heard at a broader level.

As the days unfold in this complex narrative, one thing remains clear: communities amidst the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine are far more than victims. They are survivors, advocates, and agents of change. They stand as a testament to human strength, unity, and hope in the darkest of times. In the face of adversity, they have not just happened – they have risen, inspiring a future defined by resilience, compassion, and the unwavering pursuit of a better world.

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Our Young Emerging Leaders (YEL’s) commemorate International Youth Day (August 12), focusing on building “Green Skills for Youth – working towards a sustainable world.” Our YELs express their personal reflections of this recognition on their advocacy work within their communities in relation to the HIV response.

IYD Profile 1 Catherine

Vertical transmission of HIV occurs from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. UNAIDS reports that in 2022 about 130,000 new HIV infections occurred among children globally. Eastern and Southern Africa region has witnessed a notable decline of 61% new HIV infections among children, nonetheless the rate of vertical HIV transmission after breastfeeding is still estimated to be 8.6% underscoring the need to support mothers and parents to adopt safe pregnancy and breastfeeding practices and ensure zero vertical transmission during this period.

GNP+ in collaboration with ICW, Y+ Global, and Prevention Access Campaign, is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2023 to raise awareness on the optimisation of HIV treatment to end vertical transmission of HIV. We shall engage parents in consultations this week to inform and learn from our communities lived experiences.

We plan to utilise the findings from the consultation together with scientific evidence of Undetectable=Untransmissible (U=U), and the guidance from the recently launched WHO Policy brief on Viral suppression for advocacy, to promote safe pregnancy, safe breastfeeding and healthy quality lives for children of mothers and parents living with HIV.

These efforts will strengthen community led advocacy to address legal, social, cultural, and economic barriers that prevent access and adherence to treatment, and attaining the highest possible quality of life.

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is celebrated on 1-7 August every year. This year the theme is Enabling breastfeeding: making a difference for working parents”. WABA coordinates the global World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) campaign that aims to inform, anchor, engage and galvanise action on breastfeeding and related issues. WBW was started in 1992 to generate public awareness and support for breastfeeding.

‘End Paediatrics AIDS In Children’ – EPIC is an advocacy initiative that aims to build stronger partnerships, harness advocacy messages collaboratively, and ensure heightened visibility for issues of paediatrics and children affected/infected by HIV in global, regional, and country-level platforms of influence.

Guided by the new GNP+ strategic plan, ‘For Our Health and Rights,’ strategic priority two on our health and well-being, The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) treatment access work is strengthened by the collaborations and joint partnerships with our sister networks; International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) and the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+ Global).

What an incredible whirlwind at the Women Deliver 2023 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda! As GNP+, we stood firm in promoting gender equality with a lens on girls and women living with HIV in all their diversity. With six thousand delegates from across the world, including advocates, policymakers, civil society, donors, the private sector, and UN agencies, Women Deliver facilitated inspired connections and collaboration, advancing towards a more gender-just world. 

Hosted in Africa for the first time, the main conference agenda, unfortunately, marginalised HIV. However, throughout the week, GNP+ and other civil society organisations emphasised the vital role of girls and women living with HIV in all their diversity and their potential to sustain gender equality solutions. Amidst an action-packed programme, here are some favourite moments that left a lasting impact on us:

In collaboration with the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+ Global) and the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), GNP+ conducted a closed consultation to discuss the meaning of achieving gender equality for girls and women living with HIV in all our diversity. The session focused on how feminists could amplify and build upon existing movements for girls and women living with HIV, working together for reproductive justice, gender equality, and improved SRHR outcomes.

GNP+ highlighted its role in the Global Fund Cycle 7 during a side event on gender equality advocacy. We developed tools for community engagement in identifying priorities and providing input for funding requests. Other speakers from the Global Fund, Y+ Global, and Women4GlobalFund joined in emphasising the importance of community systems in an effective HIV response, particularly for marginalised groups, and overcoming gender and human rights barriers to accessing HIV services.

At Fondation Botnar’s electrifying session, Ctrl+Alt+Advocate, GNP+ joined forces with Restless Development and Amnesty International to champion youth-led online activism for digital rights. Shedding light on the impact of human rights violations, we aligned with our strategic plan, engaging communities in research to harness digital technologies’ immense benefits, which include better care and health information access while addressing privacy, exclusion, and misinformation risks.

Love Alliance, alongside WRADA and ILGA World, organised a side event that delved into the conference’s theme, creating a space to educate movements on the anti-gender movement. The event stood in solidarity with movements facing challenges due to the anti-gender opposition and offered solutions to counter it. GNP+ highlighted the #NotACriminal campaign, which unites key populations from discrimination and gender-based violence, and advocates for evidence-based legislation in place of harmful laws.

Frontline AIDS hosted a side event, HIV is a feminist issue, which involved Christine Stegling, the Deputy Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Knowledge at UNAIDS. Christine shared hope, highlighting the possibility of ending AIDS. However, she stressed the vital need for resources, political commitment, and the prioritisation of discussions on HIV at the centre of Women Deliver.

As GNP+ reflects on the impactful moments at the Women Deliver 2023 Conference, we renew and strengthen our commitment to gender equality. Our efforts have focused on girls and women living with HIV in all their diversity, championing meaningful support for women living with HIV-led organisations, youth-led digital activism, and solidarity against the anti-gender movement. Recognising that  Women Deliver is still a challenging and limited space for diverse communities, especially marginalised populations such as transgender women and sex workers, to access and navigate, the conference created powerful momentum for knowledge-sharing and building alliances to address pressing challenges.

As intersectional feminists and Women Deliver Young Leaders, we returned home reaffirmed and proud of the solidarity displayed by the PLHIV community and its continued commitment to fight for human rights and gender equality for all. We look forward to reaching out and connecting with organisations, collectives and partners that share our vision and inspire our work.

In true feminist solidarity,

Bruna Martinez and Nomtika Mjwana, on behalf of the GNP+ Team

The passing of the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act by Uganda’s Parliament in March 2023, has attracted worldwide attention to the issue of criminalisation of our communities, in particular LGBTIQ+ people. 

Since then, Uganda is witnessing a true humanitarian crisis, as the law is fuelling stigma, discrimination and violence targeting people because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Yet, Uganda is not an isolated case. 

For years, we have called out a deliberate strategy implemented across Africa by global anti-gender and anti-rights movements, supported by governments, media, and education sectors, and characterised with defamatory and populist rhetoric targeting specific communities. 

This human rights crisis is spreading rapidly across the continent, with countries like Kenya, Burundi, Ghana, Senegal or Tanzania, considering surrogates of the Ugandan law, which directly contributes to the closure of civic space, disruptions in HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programming, ultimately threatening community livelihoods. 

Forty years of AIDS response has taught us that punitive and discriminatory laws targeting communities of key populations lead to substantially higher prevalence of HIV and reduced access to testing and viral suppression. Structural barriers such as criminalisation of key populations results in further stigma and discrimination, thus creating significant barriers to HIV prevention and treatment services, while jeopardising decades of investments by the global community. Enacting punitive and discriminatory laws, against evidence and against commitments taken in the global AIDS response, further acts as a deterrent to foreign direct investments and international support in the countries themselves, thus undermining sustainable economic development and broader well-being of all citizens. 

As Love Alliance, in the same spirit of togetherness, support and resilience, we applaud the brave individuals and organisations, which despite the challenges that LGBTIQ+ individuals face, are demonstrating extraordinary courage in the face of adversity. We praise activists who have initiated litigation to challenge the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 (AHA 2023) and hope the Constitutional Court will demonstrate its independence by repealing this retrograde piece of legislation and ensure the right to health for all.

This resilience is a testament to the power of love and hope, and we will continue to work hand in hand with them, tirelessly, to break down barriers and promote inclusivity. We stand in solidarity with communities in their fight for human rights, and we will not rest until everyone is treated equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and until we end stigma and discrimination. 

Given the broader span of this grave human rights crisis, we believe the response should go beyond Uganda and address the challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ individuals throughout Africa. 

As Love Alliance, in order to effectively meet the relief needs of our communities, we are evaluating our response mechanisms and will scale up our support to communities in the light of this unprecedented crisis. Together, we will work towards ensuring that everyone has access to the healthcare they deserve, particularly SRHR, HIV and human rights-based services.

We call on partners and funders such as UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to expand investments in funding for service delivery and advocacy in defiance of the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill, but also and future similar bills under consideration in other countries across Africa. In doing this, a particular focus should be put on increasing funding for LGBTIQ+ and other key populations platforms and mechanisms, whose efforts are pivotal in organising a coordinated community-led response and mitigating the harmful impact of this human rights crisis on access to services and on the right to health for all.

We appeal to leaders of foreign governments to outline clear diplomatic consequences for Uganda in response to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and for other countries that are considering replicating it. Donors should immediately announce comprehensive reviews of all aspects of their funding to Uganda, including by considering strategic aid cuts to specific sectors that have failed to demonstrate respect for human rights, while ensuring that the people do not suffer the consequences of harmful political decisions of the government. Donors should urgently direct funding to community-led organisations and human rights defenders, to support programmes that aim to protect civic space, challenge stigma and discrimination and uphold human rights for all. 

The journey towards equality and the recognition of LGBTIQ+ rights may be long but the unwavering hope and resilience demonstrated by communities keep us moving forward. We stand by the side of our communities in the pursuit of a future where everyone has the freedom to express their true selves, and enjoys equal access to healthcare and a life free of discrimination. Together, we are making it a reality. 

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) applauds the UNAIDS global AIDS update, The Path that Ends AIDS,” which highlights the significant advancements made by Botswana, Eswatini, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Zimbabwe in achieving the 95-95-95 goals. These countries have demonstrated a commendable commitment to prioritising people and communities in their policies and programs, leading the world in the journey to end AIDS by 2030. Notably, East and Southern Africa, where substantial funding investments have been made, have witnessed a remarkable 57% decrease in new HIV infections since 2010.

Yet even in these most successful countries, as well as in many others, the achievement of these testing and treatment goals belie a stark reality: a significant number of people and communities – including women, girls, and key populations – are still being left behind across  sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa and beyond. Due to gender and other inequalities, violence, stigma, discrimination, and harmful laws, women, girls and key populations are not able to access HIV testing, prevention, treatment and related SRHR services  

The criminalisation of people living with and at higher risk of HIV further exacerbates the challenges. Many countries continue to limit access to HIV-related and other essential health services for these marginalised populations. Outdated laws that criminalise their behaviors persist worldwide, perpetuating the vulnerability of key populations and impeding efforts to control the pandemic. From criminalising drug use and sex work to consensual same-sex intercourse, transgender identity, and HIV non-disclosure, these discriminatory laws are the focus of equally important targets – the 10-10-10 –  which are far from being realised. GNP+ continues to urge countries to join the Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate all forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination and to heed our ‘Not A Criminal’ campaign and calls for HIV Justice Worldwide.

“Governments should revise and repeal laws that criminalise people living with HIV and key populations, ensuring a human rights-based approach to HIV. Policies promoting comprehensive sex education, harm reduction programs, and access to healthcare without discrimination are vital to human dignity, as well as helping to curb the epidemic.” – Cedric Nininahazwe, Global Advocacy Manager at GNP+.

While significant strides have been made in treatment availability, tragically, millions of people living with HIV still lack access to life-saving medications. In 2022, AIDS claimed a life every minute, and approximately 9.2 million individuals worldwide were not receiving HIV treatment. Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa face particularly slow progress in providing treatment. Stigma, discrimination, criminalisation, and a lack of trust in health services further hinder access, particularly for key populations. Just as tragically, children and adolescents living with HIV continue to suffer from inadequate treatment coverage, resulting in approximately 84,000 children losing their lives to the HIV pandemic in 2022 alone.

GNP+ emphasizes the crucial importance of community involvement and leadership, particularly among people living with HIV and key populations. Out of the 193 UNAIDS member states, only five have successfully reached the 95-95-95 targets, underscoring the urgent need for increased commitment. The invaluable expertise, skills, and unwavering determination of these communities are essential in driving national and global efforts. Governments must prioritise the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV, not only in the HIV response but also in broader health and social justice objectives.

A persistent significant hurdle is the widening funding gap in the global HIV response. Analysis by UNAIDS reveals a direct correlation between increased HIV funding and a decline in HIV incidence. Regrettably, regions with the largest funding gaps, such as Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, are making the least progress in responding to the HIV epidemic. 

With less than seven years remaining until 2030, urgent action is indispensable. GNP+ expresses deep frustration, anger and concern over new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, emphasizing the critical need for adequate resources and financing to achieve and sustain the progress made thus far.

Sbongile Nkosi, Co-Director at GNP+ underscores the urgency, stating, “It is time for all stakeholders to step up and take action. We need robust support, increased funding, and collaboration to make this a reality. Let us unite in our resolve to end AIDS and ensure that no one is left behind on this journey.”

Ending AIDS by 2030, calls for unwavering political will, increased funding, and a strong commitment to tackling inequalities, stigma, discrimination and criminalisation. It is crucial that communities most impacted by HIV take the lead in delivering and monitoring services. Only through strengthened partnerships, unwavering commitment, adequate financial resources, and a strong political will, can we overcome the existing barriers and strive toward a world free from AIDS as a public health threat.

Join us in advocating for intersectional and transformative gender equality solutions

The fight against HIV is systemic, cutting across social, political, legal, and economic barriers that worsen the marginalisation of our communities. Gender inequality and traditional gender norms play a significant role in driving the epidemic. It is important to recognise that the impact of these factors can differ across cultures and religious beliefs.

Despite HIV medical advancements and global efforts spanning four decades, AIDS remains the leading cause of death among women and girls aged 15 to 49. Shockingly, even now, 4,000 girls are estimated to be newly infected every week. Women in all their diversity, including adolescent girls, young women, female sex workers, lesbians, and trans and queer women, bear the brunt of these new infections.

Adolescent girls and women living with HIV, despite often being excluded from feminist spaces, have valuable contributions to make in feminist discussions. Gender and sexuality have always been central to the experiences of women activists in the HIV movement. The diverse experiences of women living with HIV have fostered solidarity among marginalised groups, putting the HIV movement at the forefront of challenging the patriarchy, generating innovative solutions to shift power, and engaging men and boys through dialogue. 

As the world progresses and new technologies are created every day, girls and women, in all their diversity, also face specific challenges when it comes to digital health and their rights. Human rights violations in the digital realm and limited access to digital tools exacerbate their vulnerable position and must be addressed from a rights perspective.

GNP+ celebrates the leadership and long-standing partnership of adolescent girls and women living with and affected by HIV in all their diversity. We invite feminists to join us at Women Deliver 2023 in advocating for truly intersectional and transformative gender equality solutions, drawing on the expertise of adolescent girls, young women, female sex workers, lesbians, and trans and queer women.

Learn more about our engagement at Women Deliver here.

Events at Women Deliver 2023:

Achieving gender equality – What does it mean for women living with HIV (Closed Event)

A reflection session with women living with HIV. How can we amplify and build upon existing movements of Women Living with HIV working towards reproductive justice, gender equality, and improved SRHR outcomes.

18 July 2023 at 2-4pm

Lemigo Hotel, KG 624 St, Kigali, Rwanda


The 7th Replenishment’s outcomes and the need for effective advocacy for gender equality: Engaging young women to action

A panel discussion what are the key actions to ensure that funding – and quality interventions – are effectively directed to gender transformative actions and how women, especially young women, can be meaningfully involved in Global Fund processes.

19 July at 7am

Four Points by Sheraton, Kigali, Rwanda


Ctrl+Alt+Advocate: Youth-Led Online Activism for Digital Rights

A collaborative effort between Amnesty International, GNP+, Restless Development, and Fondation Botnar. In this session, we will delve into the world of youth-led online activism, exploring the crucial role that young people can and should play, and how organisations can effectively encourage their involvement.

19 July at 11:30am

Kigali Convention Centre, Room AD11


Countering the anti-gender movement with #LoveAlliance

The side event will draw on the theme of the conference in creating a space to educate movements on the anti-gender movement, be in solidarity with movements that are currently facing challenges due to the anti-gender movement and offer solutions on countering the anti-gender movement.

19 July at 5pm

Kigali Conference Centre Room MH 2.1

To advise on the direction of the Love Alliance programme and to promote the programme’s mission the Love Alliance seeks seven candidates who will have a seat on the Activists Advisory Committee.

The Activists Advisory Committee is part of the governance structure of the Love Alliance and the main independent expert and community advisory body to the Strategic Board of the Love Alliance. The Activists Advisory Committee will be made up of a group of a minimum of five and a maximum of nine expert members. Its core tasks are to conduct reviews and provide forward-looking advice to the Strategic Board on strategic matters.

Aidsfonds as administrative lead has the primary responsibility for the management of the grant. The Love Alliance Strategic Board will have final responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the partnership and for overseeing the implementation of the Love Alliance.

Interested to know more? Candidates may self-nominate, or be nominated by others no later than 21 July 2023. Please send nominations to Lovealliance@soaaids.nl.

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Application Deadline: July 14th 2023

The Communities Delegation to the Unitaid Board represents people living with and affected by HIV, TB and Malaria and those co-infected with HIV and HCV, at Unitaid Board and Committee level. The Communities Delegation aims to be transparent, accountable and to prepare communities at grassroots and country level to engage in Unitaid work, working to raise awareness to increase the debate about the Unitaid work areas that directly affect those living with the diseases at country level, especially in the global south.

Since 2015 the Communities Delegation reconstituted itself to serve its seat on the Unitaid Board and is hosted by GNP+ based in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information about the Delegation’s mission, vision, goals and charter, please find our Delegation Handbook here.

The Communities Delegation is currently inviting applications for membership from people living with HIV, affected by tuberculosis, malaria and those co-infected with HIV and HCV for the period 2023-2025. The Delegation would like to increase its representativity by recruiting additional members from under-represented countries and disease areas.

The Terms of Reference for the Delegation members can be found in the Delegation Handbook with a description of the selection process. Please note that Delegation membership involves regular policy analysis and input into Board processes and grant proposal reviews and that the working language is English.

Community members living with the diseases from Unitaid-implementing countries in West and Central Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and Western Pacific, as well as community experts in viral hepatitis, IP, Malaria, Cervical Cancer and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) are strongly encouraged to apply. We would particularly welcome applications from countries with important Unitaid investments such as Uganda, India, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, DRC, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Mali, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Lesotho, Peru, Senegal, Benin, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Philippines, and Cambodia but candidates from other countries will also be considered. You will find an overview of all current Unitaid projects and implementing countries here.

Interested community members with the above expertise and criteria are invited to submit the Application Form via email to wvandevelde@gnpplus.net. The deadline for submissions is July 14th COB.

Please share this call for applications within your networks.

Many thanks,

Wim Vandevelde Liaison Officer,

Communities Delegation to Unitaid Board

The Global Network of People Living with HIV is deeply concerned about the new anti-LGBTQ bill recently passed by the Ugandan parliament. We would like to highlight its devastating consequences towards the health of our constituency, the people living with HIV in Uganda, and urge President Museveni not to sign this bill into law.

Uganda is one of the successful countries in the fight against the AIDS epidemic, this success shown by a significant reduction of new HIV infections from 88 000 in 2010 to 54 000 in 2021, as well as reduction of AIDS-related deaths from 51 000 in 2010 to 17 000 in 2021. Further, in 2020, only the Government of Uganda had invested US$ 462, 799, 745 from their domestic budget to fight HIV and AIDS.[1]

This achievement is threatened by this new bill, whose impact will create barriers for many people living with HIV, to access treatment that is needed to prolong their lives and ensure quality of life. Consequently, many people who are highly impacted by HIV will go underground and refuse to seek health services, including HIV prevention services. The country risks backtracking on gains that have been realised so far towards achieving Global AIDS 95 – 95 – 95 targets. People living with HIV who have achieved viral suppression can no longer have the ability to sustain their treatment, those with higher risk of acquiring HIV will no longer access prevention and diagnostic services due to fear of prosecution.

Decades of research show punitive legislation targeting people living with HIV and Key Populations fuels stigma, discrimination, inequality, and the risk of violence. People who are criminalised are more likely to acquire HIV because criminalisation makes them less able to access health services, to prevent HIV infection. For this same reason, they are also less likely to know their HIV status, be on treatment, or be virally undetectable. When people are virally undetectable, HIV treatment has lowered the level of the virus in their blood to levels so low, that they can no longer transmit HIV. The Uganda PLHIV Stigma Index study report published in 2019 showed that 10.87% of participants were advised not to mother/father a child by a healthcare worker.[2] This number will increase dramatically with the signing of this bill.

Our 40 years of experience in fighting the AIDS epidemic have shown that, once you lose control of this epidemic, you will not have the ability to protect the general population from HIV infection and will severely impact political and economic stability in Uganda. Countries making the most progress in their national HIV programmes are ones that have adopted most of the laws and policies recommended by evidence, while those that have not done so, continue to report growing epidemics and rising death rates. Countries with constitutional rights to health, report better health outcomes than those that do not recognise or implement these rights.

We strongly believe that our effort in combating the HIV epidemic must be based on science and evidence, instead of prejudice or bias and therefore, we would like to convey our sincere ask for the government of Uganda to revisit the recently passed anti-LGBTQ bill for the sole purpose of humanity and ensuring quality of life for people living with HIV in Uganda.

We thank you for your attention.


The Global Network of People Living with HIV

Download this statement here: Download Statement

[1]UNAIDS DATA 2022. Geneva: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS; 2022. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

[2] NAFOPHANU (2019), The PLHIV Stigma Index, Country Assessment, Uganda

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is delighted to announce the appointment of Florence Riako Anam as our new co-Executive Director from 1st April 2023. She joins existing co-ED Sbongile Nkosi to form a dynamic duo of strong African women at the helm of the network, advocating globally for the rights of people living with HIV in all our diversity.

This decision follows a rigorous and participatory internal search process, in recognition of the rich pool of skilled and talented staff already present within GNP+. Sbongile notes:

Florence has demonstrated her vision and skills as a transformational feminist leader in her contributions to the development of the new GNP+ strategy and governance evolution, and in leading our largest multi-country programme collaboratively with partners at national, regional, and global levels to fight stigma and criminalisation and push for access to treatment. I look forward to working shoulder to shoulder with her as we champion our shared mission.”

Florence, based in Kenya, was Programme Manager of the Love Alliance at GNP+ from January 2021, also leading our EPIC (End Paediatric AIDS in Children) initiative. She believes that global advocacy around HIV is facing a critical moment that must be met with bold action. For Florence, such action must be rooted in our communities, while demonstrating strategic understanding of the global architecture that is shaping the future of the HIV response:

The HIV movement is collectively experiencing extraordinary challenges in remaining relevant in a rapidly changing world. To address these challenges, I strongly believe GNP+ needs to go back to the roots of AIDS activism, to reinvigorate the communities of people living with and affected by HIV and mobilise them to protect hard-won gains. We must motivate our teams and organisations to innovate and create the change necessary to grasp the opportunities that lie ahead of us. At the same time, we must take our rightful place in decision-making spaces through meaningful engagement to determine the priorities for the global response.

According to GNP+ Board Co-Chairs Rodrigo Olin and Valeriia Rachynska, “Florence’s level of professionalism and expertise in advocacy, strategy and operations, her track record of close collaboration with our partner networks of people living with HIV and key populations, and her existing strong connections with WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, PEPFAR and the Global Fund, make her ideally equipped to help lead the crucial next phase of GNP+’s work to promote the rights and dignity of all people living with HIV.”


Love Alliance is an international partnership working towards a world where the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of all people are realised. On this International Women’s Day:  

“We recognise the role of digital spaces, technology and innovation in advancing gender equality, supporting women to access information and services, build community and movements. ” 

“We claim visibility, voice, and power, and exercise self-love and self-care while building a more resilient world.”

We live in an increasingly technological world. Digital solutions have the potential to bridge countries, continents, language and logistical barriers. Lack of access to technology can be a barrier to accessing information, education and employment opportunities.

Women who may already be socially and economically marginalised, face high rates of Gender-based violence (GBV), and routinely have their sexual and reproductive health and rights denied may continue to face exclusion, harassment and rights violations in the digital space.

This includes sex workers, LBTQ womxn, adolescent girls and young women, women living with HIV, women who use drugs and women with disabilities.

Digital innovation and technology are crucial for gender equality. Women in their diversity need access to a safe and inclusive digital world that provides knowledge and skills which are central to socio-economic development and empowerment, access to information and services tailored to their specific needs. Specifically, we need:

  • Rights-protecting digital platforms to ensure women and girls in their diversity can access online spaces free from bullying and violence.
  • Links and referrals to tailored and safe GBV services for women in their diversity, and digital platforms for reporting abuse
  • Access to secure online spaces for peer support, self-care and sharing experiences
  • Training and skills development to build women’s and girls’ participation in digital spaces
  • Funding to women/womxn-led organisations to design online programs or services tailored to the needs of the communities they serve and lead innovation
  • Digital governance / agreed frameworks to ensure the safeguarding of children and vulnerable populations and the protection of rights in digital spaces
  • Access to trusted information that is tailored to women/womxn’s and girls’ needs, including accurate age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education

How are we realising this through Love Alliance?

  • Learning hubs as capacity-building and knowledge-sharing spaces run by and for the communities we serve
  • Digital stories to celebrate and showcase women’s leadership and wins
  • Engaging in international platforms that advance gender equality and women’s rights and empowerment
  • Connecting through digital platforms to build a pan-African movement of grant-makers, thought-leaders and advocates

Networks of people living with HIV welcome the recent Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on ending AIDS in children, which includes bold new commitments — including ring-fenced funding to diagnose and treat pediatric HIV. Still, without more meaningful representation of children, women living with HIV and, particularly new mothers within the response, the global community risks squandering its chance to turn the tide against a neglected epidemic.

Today, only about half of children living with HIV are on life-saving treatment, according to UNAIDS’ latest global AIDS update. As a result, nearly one in five people who die of AIDS-related illness are children, according to 2021 figures.

The heads of state and health ministers of 12 African countries recently adopted the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on ending AIDS in children. The document was the product of the first meeting of the Global Alliance to End AIDS in Children, which includes countries, donors and global networks of people living with HIV; namely the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+ Global), and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+).

ICW, Y+ Global and GNP+ (the global networks), applaud the declaration and the ambitious targets included in the country plans that accompany it. The global networks now call upon donors and domestic governments to fund these goals.

“Historically, programmes to safeguard children living with or affected by HIV have been made in rooms without donors and because of this, many plans have gone unfunded,” explained GNP+’s Florence Riako Anam. “With Global Fund and PEPFAR as Global Alliance partners, I believe that plans to support and care for women and children stand a better shot than ever of being backed up by sound country plans.”

“The alliance and the declaration harness a unique opportunity,” she said. “Now is the time to invest in seizing this moment.”

Still, the global networks warn that the alliance’s true impact will depend on its ability to meaningfully incorporate children and women living with HIV, particularly new mothers.

“The Global Alliance to End AIDS in Children has made admirable efforts to representatives of people living with HIV with the help of international networks,” said Y+ Global’s Maximina Jokonya. Jokonya coordinates the HER Voice Fund to increase the engagement of adolescent and young women in Global Fund processes. “However, the voices of new mothers still remain under-represented in global discussions.”

Following this, the global networks now call on partners to ensure women living with HIV who have recently become mothers and are accessing services are included in decision-making platforms. For example, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has this year included community representation slots for breastfeeding mothers as part of planning meetings to produce the 2023/24 Country Operation Plans (COPs). These plans outline how U.S. donor funding will be spent, including priorities and targets.

The global networks call on other donors, including the Global Fund, to guarantee the same level of engagement in their national application processes to ensure that the lived experiences of women living with HIV, particularly new mothers, are reflected in planning.

“Research shows that a woman’s risk of HIV infection is four times higher than that of her peers in the six months after she delivers,” Jokonya explained. “At the same time, women and families are negotiating new realities around breastfeeding, caregiving, family planning and relationships after birth that can all have a bearing on a woman’s HIV risk and that of her child in the first two years.”

She concluded: “If we don’t understand this lived reality, we can’t effectively  diagnose, treat or care for children affected by HIV or their mothers.”

The global networks continue to play a crucial role in the alliance, partnering with others to provide community input into consultations and the ultimate declaration. This follows successful advocacy by networks earlier last year that led to the creation of a Community Oversight Taskforce within the global alliance to ensure community-led monitoring of its work. Additionally, people living with HIV pushed for the addition of a fourth pillar of work for the alliance to address social and structural barriers to diagnoses and treatment — including gender inequality.

More recently, the trio developed a community monitoring checklist to guide alliance countries in creating effective, efficient, and responsive programming. This includes real representation of women and other key populations within national platforms and dedicated funding to develop new leaders within these communities.

Networks of people living with HIV call on governments and donors to mainstream the checklist into both PEPFAR COPs and the Global Fund’s latest funding cycle.

“We have helped shape the Global Alliance and have ensured that human rights, community engagement and gender equality are pillars of the Alliance,” said Lillian Mworeko of the International Community of Women living with HIV in Eastern Africa. “We believe that women- and key population-led responses are key to ending AIDS in children.”

The Global Alliance to End AIDS in Children aims to prevent new HIV pediatric infections and ensure that by 2030 all HIV-positive children can access lifesaving treatment. As part of this work, the alliance also aims to avert new HIV infections among breastfeeding and pregnant women or — for those already infected — ensure access to treatment. Currently, the alliance comprises 12 countries: Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The alliance also includes UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Global Fund, PEPFAR, Pediatric-Adolescent Treatment Africa (PATA) and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation