ECOM and seven other regional organizations joined their efforts and signed a letter addressed to the Global Fund in connection with the current situation in Kyrgyzstan.
The situation in Kyrgyzstan started back in March 2023, when the country's request for funding from the Global Fund was submitted. In May 2023, the Global Fund announced allocation of US$27.8 million for 2024–2026.
However, in the spring of 2023, discussions started in the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan regarding the revision of the composition and structure of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), responsible for coordinating national programs on HIV and tuberculosis. Demands were made to transfer management of the Global Fund grant to government agencies and to increase the representation of civil society and key populations. Doubts were expressed about the appropriateness of including HIV prevention among key populations, including LGBT people.
Regional networks informed the Global Fund of the significant risks associated with the possible exclusion of communities and civil society from the process of revising the CCM Regulations and inadequate representation in the reformed Committee on HIV and tuberculosis. This may lead to a lack of proper oversight of programs financed by the Global Fund.
A letter to the Global Fund, signed by ECOM and other organizations, sets out requirements for the government of the Kyrgyz Republic to strictly adhere to Global Fund policies, including CCM eligibility requirements. The letter contains the following requirements:
- Documented transparent process of nominating all new and current CCM members based on clearly defined and objective criteria.
- Evidence of membership of people living with HIV and people affected by tuberculosis in the CCM.
- All CCM members representing non-governmental constituencies must be elected by their constituencies.
ECOM and allies hope that the Global Fund will take action to ensure that the government of Kyrgyzstan strictly follows the policies and requirements of the Global Fund, guaranteeing an effective fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as the support of civil society and key populations.
The letter was prepared jointly with EMRHP — Eurasian Movement for the Right to Health in Prisons, Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS, Health Advocacy Coalition, ITPC EECA — International Treatment Preparedness Coalition in EECA, Regional Expert Group on Migration and Health for the EECA region, SWAN — Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network, TB Europe Coalition.