Amidst governments’ resistance to key population outreach efforts, fund will support community led approaches, OGAC leader says
NEW YORK – A day after the formal release of a United Nations political declaration on a global approach to HIV gave short shrift to demographic groups experiencing the highest HIV impacts and lowest access to HIV services, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx announced the creation of a fund to expand outreach and services for those “key populations.”
Key populations are defined by UNAIDS as including gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, and people who inject drugs, and prisoners, whom, Amb. Birx said, announcing the fund, “PEPFAR stands firmly and unequivocally with and for.”
The fund will support work with community based groups representing key populations to expand and hone their outreach to individuals facing barriers to services that include stigma and discriminatory neglect.
Additional donors from the public and private sectors, Birx said in her announcement of the fund, will be encouraged to contribute to the fund.