At AIDS 2016, the Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC) announced the establishment of a Key Populations Investment Fund (KPIF) of US$100 million over five years. The KPIF aims to support the scale-up of key population led community approaches to enhance and expand quality HIV/AIDS services for key populations, and will address stigma, discrimination, and violence against key population groups. The KPIF ultimately seeks to create quality service delivery that leads to increased HIV testing, improved linkage to HIV prevention and treatment services, and viral load suppression to mitigate the HIV epidemic amongst these populations.
Eligible countries fall under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) country or regional operating plans, along with some additional countries that receive bilateral funds:
The focus areas of the KPIF include:
- Expanding demand for and access to quality, effective HIV prevention, care, and treatment services for key populations;
- Addressing structural barriers that inhibit access to and the effectiveness of HIV services, including legal, law enforcement, policy, economic, and educational barriers;
- Systematic and rigorous action to respond to, mitigate, and monitor stigma, discrimination, and violence at individual, community, and national levels;
- Promoting the human rights of and social justice for all persons, without distinction; and
- Supporting the collection and analysis of epidemiological data on key populations and sub-populations.
The Communities Delegation strongly encourages applicants that are interested to go through the announcement carefully, especially Community-Based Organisations and Civil Society Organisations that also work in TB and malaria, as people from vulnerable and key populations at risk of HIV are also at an increased risk of TB and malaria.
The deadline for applications is the 21st October 2016 by 23:59 EDT.