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An Open Letter to the Global Fund Strategy Committee

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Our Call to the Strategy Committee of the Global Fund

Our Call to the Strategy Committee of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

 

The relationship between mental health and HIV is bi-directional. Without addressing mental health, there will be no end to the HIV and TB epidemics.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria must allocate funding and resources to strengthen the integration of mental health into its response to HIV, ensuring that everyone has access to equitable care.

That's why we're calling on the Global Fund to integrate mental health into its upcoming 2023-2028 strategy.

OUR BRIEFING

Our full set of recommendations to the Global Fund Strategy Committee can be found in our latest briefing.

We know that HIV and mental health are inextricably linked. Poor mental health is a risk factor for HIV exposure, which complicates the disease course and treatment. Living with HIV is a significant risk factor for a decline in the individual’s mental health, and developing psychiatric illness.

Our Open Letter to the Strategy Committee outlines how building in explicit funding for mental health services and psychosocial support at every stage of the HIV and TB service continuum as part of quality person-centred care, will help to lay the foundations of rights-based, quality universal mental health coverage, and accelerate progress against these epidemics.

 

OUR OPEN LETTER

387 signatories from 75 countries have united behind our call laid for the Global Fund to seize this crucial opportunity to integrate mental health into health systems.

Further Resources

A united call for mental health to be the heart of The Global Fund's HIV and TB response - a blog post by United for Global Mental Health

5 good reasons why mental health should be at the heart of the Global Fund's new strategy - a blog post by Sarah Kline. 

A unique opportunity to put mental health at the heart of the Global Fund's bold new strategy - a blog post by United for Global Mental Health.

An opportunity this World Aids Day - a blog post by Elisha London.

Mental Health For All Webinar: Mental Health, HIV and TB - the full notes and recording from our webinar.

Why putting mental health at the heart of the HIV and TB response will pay off - by United for Global Mental Health.

Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria Strategy Consultation - United for Global Mental Health's response the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria 2023-2028 Strategy Consultation.

Ending HIV and Tuberculosis—What Has Mental Health Got to Do with It? - A JAMA Health Forum article on the relationship between Mental Health, HIV and TB.

Opinion: Why mental health integration in HIV and TB programs is a win-win - A Devex article on mental health integration into HIV and TB treatment.

Banner Image: Health officials check a list of people to be tested for COVID-19 as well as HIV and tuberculosis (TB) in Johannesburg. AP PHOTO/JEROME DELAY.