The reasons cited include:
- low capacity among these groups to develop funding proposals;
- difficulty accessing and understanding Global Fund related information;
- low participation in related decision-making fora including the country-coordinating mechanism;
- lack of relevant and up-to-date epidemiological data especially among sex workers and transgenders.
Stigma and discrimination underlie all these barriers, particularly in countries where sex work and homosexuality are illegal, as in many of the Caribbean countries.
Elena Reynaga, coordinator of the LAC Regional Sex Worker Network said, “We are an organisation made up of sex workers, our expertise lies in working with our peers, it does not lie in filling out complex forms for funding. We need people to help us translate our needs, ideas and goals into a format understood by donors like the Global Fund.”
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance believes that to achieve long-term sustainability to eventually beat the epidemic it is vital to develop community capacity in HIV prevention, care and support and works closely with grassroots organisations to build their organisational capacity.
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