In April 2015 the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund), following the open competitive process, communicated the decision to support Regional Civil Society and Community Support, Communication and Coordination Platform in EECA (the Regional Platform, RP) with a focus on Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) issues in the area of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Project overall goal and objectives: The Regional Platform aim is support and strengthen civil society and community engagement at all levels of the Global Fund processes and in particular, in the areas of Community, Rights and Gender. The proirity focus of the Regional Platform is to increase the communities’ knowledge and understanding on the Global Fund related programs and Technical Support in general, to be able to serve as the expertise source in the Global Fund programs on HIV, TB and Malaria more broadly. Besides the RP will work on developing a strong communication and cooperation among all players included in the processes: from KAP representatives to Technical Assistance providers, governmental bodies, civil society organisations and donors.
EHRN activities: PWUD networks capacity building and suport (eg. ENPUD). Prepare and conduct a training for trainers course and mentorship on community led TA on CRG issues.Preparation of news for the list serves and moderating. Preparation of updates and news release on each significant global document on HIV and TB, for key populations, Global Fund, New Funding Model (NFM) with short informative summary in Russian. Preparation of content for the Knowledge Management System (KMS) (web portal) –review of existing and newly prepared resources, answers development tothe informational requests from CSOs.Organization of on-line discussions on key documents with community leaders. (Sessions are documented and spread in social media and list serves). Development and implementation of an action plan for sharing the most significant documents and using it in practical services management and advocacy. Sharing information about the events results with community members (HIV and TB) through list serves, KMS portal and social media. Providing reports according to the format given by the General Contractor (indicating number of covered events, etc.). Providing remote technical support and counselling local communities leaders (including all key populations, as well remote support to TB groups, activists and organizations. Development and maintenance (regular additions and updates) of TA regional work plan with all its initiatives and programs in the region, by inviting and meeting key providers of technical support in the field of HIV and TB , human rights protection and gender issues in EECA region for cooperation. Preparation of practical tools or document template based on international guidance.
- Creation of the demand for the CRG technical support in EECA region and specifically for expertise from communities and civil society organizations. Developing further the culture of requesting technical support from the insider experts in the areas – trained representatives of key populations groups.
- Technical Support coordination among Technical Assistance providers in the region. A unique web-based resource will be developed that will become a low threshold mechanism to shape technical support needs and help link the requestors and providers of technical support. The RP will develop and maintain a web-based multifunctional resource, which will include the most comprehensive set of information/tools/references available. The resource will be available for general access and use, will have a flexible subscription system, online and call-back distant support opportunities, regional activities calendar, country profiles, etc. It will function as a general online platform for gathering all key players against AIDS, TB and Malaria in the EECA region.
- Capacity building and support for civil society and communities representatives to be able to serve as experts in the development and evaluation of programs to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Developing the pool of KAP experts who can provide support on AIDS and Tuberculosis programs.
This unique regional coordination mechanism for the Regional Platform was developed by four regional technical support and community support providers: the Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, in consortium with Alliance Ukraine Consultancy, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) and the East Europe and Central Asia Union of PLWH (ECUO).
The Regional Platform is strengthened, supported and function in collaboration with the main Technical Partners: Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD), Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN), Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) and TB Europe Coalition.