UNAIDS launches public notice to support five HIV/AIDS initiatives proposed by civil society – Agência AIDS

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This Tuesday (15), UNAIDS launched the Fast-Track Cities public notice, which will select five projects developed by civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the response to HIV in some of the 15 Brazilian cities participating in the Fast-Track Cities initiative, selected by UNAIDS as priorities, based on data from the 2021 HIV/AIDS Epidemiological Bulletin of the Ministry of Health.

The 15 chosen cities that are part of the Fast-Track Cities initiative, where projects can be implemented, are distributed as follows:

North Region: Belém (PA), Manaus (AM), Tabatinga (AM);
Northeast Region: Fortaleza (CE);
Southeast Region: Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Vitória (ES);
South Region: Canoas (RS), Caxias do Sul (RS), Florianópolis (SC), Itajaí (SC), Porto Alegre (RS); Sant’Ana do Livramento (RS), Sapucaia do Sul (RS), Uruguaiana (RS), Viamão (RS).

Each organization selected in the public notice will receive up to R$60,000 to implement the project presented. Proposals will be received until 6:00 p.m. on March 30, 2022.

Below are important links to apply for the Fast-Track Cities Public Notice:

Fast-Track Cities Public Notice;

Proposal form + Summary of experience;

Roadmap for project development;

Form for submitting the proposal and the documentation required in the notice.

Projects submitted to the Fast-Track Cities public notice must take into account data on the fight against HIV and AIDS in the respective municipality where they will be developed and propose interventions to improve the indicators of diagnosis and immediate treatment of HIV and AIDS, vertical transmission, late diagnosis and deaths from AIDS higher than the national average. Initiatives should seek substantial change in these local patterns, bringing them closer to the new goals set out in the UNAIDS Global Strategy 2021-2026.

To submit projects for the Fast-Track Cities public notice, the interested organization must have an active CNPJ for at least six months and work in the respective city where the project will be implemented. ​Movements, networks or collectives that do not have a CNPJ can work with a local partner organization that meets the requirements of the public notice. Another important criterion is previous experience in institutional and/or project management of at least two years of work in the response to HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Projects submitted for public notice must fall within the following thematic lines:​

* Communication with the key population on combination prevention;
* Combination HIV prevention (focus on PrEP and PEP);​
* Encourage early diagnosis of HIV;
* Linkage and adherence to HIV and AIDS treatment and dissemination of U=U (undetectable = non-transmissible);​
* Prevention of STIs during pregnancy, mother-to-child transmission and pediatric AIDS.

Claudia Velasquez, director and representative of Unaids in Brazil, points out that the objective of the Fast-Track Cities opinion is to recognize and support civil society initiatives that present concrete actions to change the negative indicators of the fight against HIV and AIDS at the municipal level. “For this reason, the actions presented must necessarily be based on the HIV and AIDS indicators of the municipality and be carried out in collaboration with local governments. It is an opportunity to broaden the scope of the actions developed and to strengthen the technical capacities to build a more equitable, inclusive, prosperous and sustainable future for all the local population, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic circumstances,” he said. adds.

In this context, proposals submitted by civil society organizations to the Fast-Track Cities Public Notice must be accompanied by a letter of approval from the Municipal Health Department or STI/AIDS Coordination​, in no longer indicate with which Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to which the project relates.

Josineide de Meneses, project coordinator at the NGO Gestos, stresses the importance of civil society organizations and networks developing their projects in dialogue with municipal officials and governments. “These two sectors must jointly take responsibility for the response to HIV and AIDS. The Fast-Track Cities Notice is an incredible opportunity for the five selected organizations to leverage resources and, in dialogue with local governments, take action that improves HIV infection levels based on the analysis of available data. This initiative of UNAIDS Brazil is of great importance, because it is in cities and communities where life takes place and it is in this context that the most adequate responses can be made to local realities and needs. “.

The selection of proposals submitted for the Fast-Track Cities tender will be made by a specially appointed evaluation committee, which will use the so-called “double-blind” system. That is to say that the people who are part of the committee will only take into account the content of the proposals, not being informed of the name of the proposing organizations. To this end, the committee will take into account the analyzes and comparative assessments specified in the terms of the public call. The final result should be presented publicly at the beginning of April.

The Fast-Track Cities initiative was officially launched in 2014 as a partnership between UNAIDS, the City of Paris, UN-Habitat and the International Association of AIDS Care Providers (IAPAC) to provide support and promote knowledge exchange in the HIV response. between cities and other sub-national entities. Membership of the Fast-Track Cities network is achieved by signing the Paris Declaration, the objective of which is to ensure that by working together, cities and signatory states are able to accelerate local actions. to end the epidemics of HIV, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis in their respective regions. territories by 2030.

In Brazil, 42 cities and three states signed the Paris Declaration, which was updated in April 2021 to align with the new UNAIDS Global Strategy on HIV/AIDS. The strategy focuses on addressing inequalities that, exacerbated by stigma and discrimination, make it difficult or prevent the most vulnerable people from accessing HIV and AIDS information, prevention and treatment systems that can provide them with a healthy and productive life.

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