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Today the Pangaea released its evaluations of the Gender Equality (GES) and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Strategies of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The report concludes that the Global Fund's new 5-year strategy being considered in Ghana this week, must incorporate evidence-driven strategies to meet the needs of people most affected by the three diseases - and often the most neglected in public health responses to date.

In particular, the report recommends strategies for:

  • girls and women (particularly in sub Saharan Africa where nearly 60 per cent of all people living with HIV are girls and women)
  • men who have sex with men
  • transgender people
  • sex workers, and
  • injection drug users.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a longtime global AIDS activist, officially opens Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation’s Headquarters in Oakland on Friday September 16th, during a gathering of community and international leaders to support and guide Pangaea’s important initiatives in the fight against HIV both globally and here in Oakland. Joining Congresswoman Lee, will be Dr. Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicines.

“Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation has been a trailblazer in the global fight against HIV/AIDS for over ten years,” said Congresswoman Lee.  “AIDS is taking a terrible toll in the African-American community in Alameda County and throughout the U.S.  I’m pleased that Pangaea is now headquartered in Oakland and is taking an active role with me and other leaders in the local community to fight AIDS here at home.”

Update - August 2011

After gathering valuable feedback over the past month, the surveys regarding The Global Fund's Gender Equality and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Strategies are now closed.  We want to thank everyone who responded to the surveys and the participants in our open consultations at the The Global Fund Partnership Forum in Sao Paulo, as well as those who participated in one-on-one interviews.  By sharing your experiences you have helped shape The Global Fund's strategy for the next five years.

June 28, 2011

As announced on May 11, 2011, Pangaea is supporting the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in conducting formative evaluations of their Gender Equality (GE) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identify (SOGI) Strategies.

As part of this effort, Pangaea will be leading a series of open consultations on these strategies during the week of the 2011 Global Fund Partnership Forum that is being held at the Sheraton Hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the end of June.  If you are not able to attend any of the open consultation sessions, we would like to encourage you in participating in our online surveys which are linked below:

Ten years ago, at the first UN General Assembly Session on AIDS, Richard Holbrooke, Bill Roedy of MTV, Peter Piot of UNAIDS and I established the Global Business Coalition on HIV & AIDS. Those were heady days -- and with leading corporations such as Anglo American, Chevron, Daimler, MTV and Standard Chartered Bank -- we transformed the business response to AIDS around three key principles: establishing HIV prevention, testing and treatment programs for all employees; expanding these programs to local communities, and; employing the power of business advocacy to push for strengthened national and international AIDS responses.

Often forgotten was the initial role played by the UN in the mobilization of business. Besides providing seed-funding to the GBC, UNAIDS' Piot "donated" me -- a young international civil servant -- as Holbrooke's first Executive Director. I was subsequently succeeded by two exceptional leaders, Trevor Neilson and then, John Tedstrom.

In 2012, Pangaea conducted formative evaluations of the Gender Equality (GE) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Strategies of the global fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

The two strategies, approved by the Global Fund Board in 2008 and 2009 respectively, require the completion of a formative evaluation in 2010, which links to this year’s Global Fund Partnership Forum taking place in Brazil at the end of June, and to the organization’s current five-year strategy development process.

In his report to the 23rd Global Fund Board Meeting Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund announces that the Pangaea has been appointed to manage the evaluation. In describing the evaluation Prof. Kazatchkine reports: “Outreach and engagement, supported by the strategies, have generated a high level of support from partners and more opportunities for the engagement of most-at-risk and vulnerable populations.”

37 million People worldwide are living with HIV (amfAR Statistics 2014: Worldwide)

16 million Women living with HIV (United Nations Statistics 2014)

15 million People living with HIV having access to antiretroviral therapy (amfAR Statistics 2014: Worldwide)

5,600 People Contract HIV every day - more than 230 every hour (amfAR Statistics 2014: Worldwide)