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GATE ‘s Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Strategic Initiative (SI) project focuses on developing skills and building capacity of transgender communities to meaningfully engage with Global Fund processes in areas of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. This two-year project, beginning in January 2018, includes ten countries: Myanmar, Nepal, India, Thailand and Vietnam from Asia; and Belize, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Nicaragua, and Peru from Latin America.

The objectives include:

1. Developing skills and understanding of the Global Fund and related processes on human rights, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health services.

2. Ensuring that Global Fund supported projects address and include transgender issues and contribute to the UNAIDS Fast-Track targets for 2021 (especially the 90-90-90 targets on testing, treatment and viral load suppression) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

3. Strengthening the capacity of transgender people to participate in national strategic plan developments, country dialogues, concept note developments and budget allocation, and monitoring implementation of activities.

4. Protecting the gains made in transgender programming and supporting sustainable transition plans for transgender communities in middle-income countries and countries without generalized HIV epidemics.

5. Collecting strategic information and data on transgender people for evidence-based advocacy for trans-specific programming.

6. Strengthening capacity of global, regional and national transgender networks including peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and coalition building for increased investment in community-led transgender programming and responses.

It is intended that the project will give transgender communities in these countries the opportunity to develop links with each other and the broader set of key populations, as well as creating links with policy makers and service providers engaged in the HIV, TB and malaria responses and health systems. The project will also strengthen connections between the transgender community and the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender Coordination and Communications regional platforms, hosted by APCASO in Asia and the Pacific, and CRAT VIA LIBRE-International HIV AIDS Alliance in Latin America and the Caribbean.