Global Fund MENA

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We support marginalised populations wherever they are at highest risk of HIV and in the most challenging political and social environments.

This programme, Sustainability of Services for key populations in MENA Region – supported by the Global Fund, exists because we are not afraid to go where others don’t.

We work on the frontline of AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by:

  • Supporting organisations and communities to work with the most marginalised populations (such as men who have sex with men; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people; people living with HIV; people affected by gender-based violence; and migrants).
  • Working with key stakeholders to tackle stigma, discrimination and criminalisation of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Believing that respect for human rights including changing laws and policy is key for removing barriers to HIV services.

Although MENA has the lowest number of people living with HIV compared to other regions, HIV testing and treatment coverage in MENA (43%) is far below the global average. There’s also a huge difference in numbers between those who know their HIV status and those receiving treatment.

Such gaps mainly affect marginalised populations, especially those that are subject to criminalisation and discrimination. This three-year programme aims to reduce human rights-related barriers to HIV services, including testing, treatment and care, promote social mobilisation, building community linkages, collaboration and coordination, and increase political engagement to strengthen national health strategies.

A large part of our work is to strengthen civil society so that they can promote the change they need. Advocating for the human rights of these marginalised populations is a crucial priority.

This project is funded by the Global Fund and implemented by Frontline AIDS as Principal Recipient in conjunction with the MENA H Coalition, ITPC MENA, MENAHRA, ATL (Tunisia), Caritas (Egypt), ALCS (Morocco), FOCCEC (Jordan) and SIDC (Lebanon).

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