20 July 2016, Durban, South Africa – France’s 5% Initiative and APCOM are pleased to announce today at the 21st International AIDS Conference a 1.3 Million Euro partnership to conduct a 3-year research, capacity strengthening and advocacy project targeting young gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Greater Mekong Countries – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The goal of the research is to have region-wide new epidemiological and behavioural data on young MSM describing syndemic conditions of HIV risk behaviours through web-based surveys.
The new data will significantly contribute to the development of second generation HIV service response aimed at young MSM. The research project is funded by the 5% Initiative to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It is the second way in which France contributes to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). Responsibility for the operational implementation of the Initiative has been entrusted to Expertise France, the French Agency for international technical expertise, under the supervision of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.
With an annual contribution of €360 million (for 2014-2016), France is the 1st European donor and the 2nd donor worldwide to the Global Fund. Since the end of 2011, the 5% Initiative, France’s indirect contribution to the Global Fund, meets the need for technical expertise in countries, especially French-speaking countries, in order to assist the latter in the design, implementation and monitoring & evaluation of Global Fund grants. With an annual budget of €18 million per year, the 5% Initiative is implemented by Expertise France, the French agency for international technical expertise.Learn more about 5% Initiative at:
Founded in 2007, APCOM is a coalition of members – governments, UN partners, non-profits andcommunity based organisations – from Asia and the Pacific. We represent a diverse range of interests working together to advocate on, highlight and prioritise HIV issues that affect the lives of men who have sex with men (MSM)* and transgender people, including rights, health and well-being.
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