The network was launched last month (8 Dec), and will work to tackle the challenges posed by HIV, TB and malaria in the region.
It is the latest addition to the Friends of the Global Fund initiative, and each independent organisation will act as a Global Fund ambassador to fight AIDS, TB and malaria in their country or region.
Javier Hourcade Bellocq, Alliance LAC region representative, and director of Friends of the Global Fund LAC explains: “We aim to promote a more meaningful involvement of governments, private sector, universities and civil society in all Global Fund structures at the national, regional and international level.”
The network will achieve this through activities including advocacy work, awareness raising campaigns, media, and research to collect better evidence about the three diseases in the LAC region.
Having better evidence will help tackle one of the main challenges in the region, explains Javier: “We need to increase the region’s profile globally and in donors agenda’s. To achieve this, we need to provide better evidence about concentrated epidemics and show that a 20-30% HIV prevalence in one single population means that the region is hard hit by the epidemic.”
Friends of the Global Fund was launched in 2008 and harnesses the strength of community-based organisations. “Organised civil society has done a great job responding to HIV in the region,” says Javier. “However, work still needs to be done to mobilise communities to respond to TB and malaria. It is a hard challenge, but possible.”
Please email Javier if you require further information.
20-30% prevalence in one single population means that a region is hard hit by the epidemic