The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) decided to reconsider the request for help made by Red Venezolana de Gente Positiva (RVG+) to the country. The request, made in June of 2016, was refused last January 19th based in the argument that Venezuela didn’t attend to technical criteria stated by World Bank and it was an ineligible country for international aid.
Last year Venezuela decreed the State of Emergency and Economic Emergency. The humanitarian assistance will support over 200 thousand people living with HIV/AIDS.
The Global Bank’s decision changed after the pressure of several international institutions, including the Latin American & Caribbean Council of AIDS Service Organizations (LACCASO). The organizations sent letters to express its dissatisfaction to the Executive Director, Mark Dybul, and the President of the Direction of the GF, Norbert Hauser. The LACCASO, which the Executive Secretary is made by Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA), sent the letter on January 31st.
The text says that LACCASO/ABIA demands that GF review its position and states that “it is unacceptable that international funding agencies keep their eyes closed to local realities and put technical criteria above voices, lives and suffering from people living with HIV/AIDS”.
Global AIDS Policy Watch (GAPW) is a Project of Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA).
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