Supporting Civil Society
Civil society representatives stand midway between public health authorities and the public. Through their partnerships with various institutions and their presence in the CCMs and in local NGOs, they are an essential element in the fight against the three pandemics.
Civil society representatives—be they community groups, NGOs, networks of persons living with the disease, or religious organizations—mobilize to take action in the field. Their advocacy led to the founding of the Global Fund in 2002. And more than ever, they are crucial partners in the fight against the three pandemics. By giving help to vulnerable populations and advocating for them at every level, civil society acts as a go-between for public policy and the situation on the ground. To boost the impact of Global Fund grants, L'Initiative offers these organizations technical assistance in financial management and human resources, governance and resource deployment.
LIMITING THE VULNERABILITY OF ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG GIRLS
To reduce the vulnerability of young people to HIV and AIDS, L'Initiative have funded projects that aim to put adolescents and girls at the center of care and support, namely by educating and sensitizing them on sexual and reproductive health.
RISK REDUCTION AMONG DRUG USERS
Users of injecting, inhaled or synthetic drugs are highly marginalized, even in health care settings, and are one of the key population groups targeted by the Global Fund. L'Initiative champions comprehensive care and support for these groups in West Africa and Southeast Asia.
SUPPORTING THE INVOLVEMENT OF KEY POPULATIONS
Key populations are often marginalized and face social stigma or criminalization that fuel their vulnerability to HIV and make access to care more difficult. L'Initiative works to promote their inclusion in determining and implementing Global Fund programs.
Improving health systems cannot be effective without strengthening community systems. They have a specific and adapted role and responsibility to identify, understand and meet the needs of marginalized and vulnerable people who in general find it difficult to access basic health and social services.