A Critical Partnership: The Lifesaving Collaboration between the Global Fund and Faith-Based Organizations

February 2015 - Reports, Guidelines, and Tools

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Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (December 2014).

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) are strong partners and important stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS. This guidance was developed to introduce FBOs such as churches, mosques,
synagogues, and others to the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). The guidance also describes various ways in which participating FBOs can engage with the Global Fund to build stronger communities and expand their access to civil society groups. Specifically, the guide suggests that FBOs in countries organize as a caucus to develop a comprehensive strategy for prevention, treatment, and care as part of the overall national strategic health plan development process. Additionally, FBOs should engage with their country coordinating mechanism (CCM) to ensure that their constituents are appropriately represented. Interested FBOs can participate actively in the development of concept notes for a particular country-based initiative. Once the country receives the grant, FBOs should continue to engage with the Global Fund on the
development of the grant work plan and budget. Because of their broad networks, long-standing community presence, relationships, and knowledge of the local context, FBOs can serve as primary grant recipients or sub-recipients. They can also play a key role in resource mobilization by supporting ongoing advocacy at national and global levels, thus continuing their critical global role in addressing HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.

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