eLesson 5


All Global Fund grant agreements list five human rights standards that implementers must meet:

    Non-discriminatory access to services

    Using only scientifically sound or approved medicines or medical practices

    Not employing methods that constitute torture or that are cruel, inhuman or     degrading

    Protecting patient consent, confidentiality and the right to privacy

    Avoiding medical detention or involuntary isolation


Not allowing HIV+ patients the same treatment as others

Sharing or selling private patient medical records

Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender

eLesson on human rights violations:

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Why should you care about human rights violations?

The promotion and protection of human rights is essential for expanding access to health services, especially for key populations and those who are most vulnerable.

Discriminating against individuals because of their status prevents medicines and services from reaching the people who need them the most. Additionally, the fear of torture or the invasion of privacy may deter people from seeking help through Global Fund financed programs.

The Global Fund works with implementers in country to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights is achieved through three actions: the integration of human rights throughout the grant cycle, increased investment in programs that remove barriers to accessing health services, and ensuring that the Global Fund does not support programs that infringe human rights.

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How do you spot human rights violations in Global Fund-supported programs?

Human rights violations can have the following red flags:

People living with HIV/AIDS are refused treatment because of their sexual orientation

Experimental treatments are tested on people without regulatory approval

HIV or tuberculosis treatments are withheld from prisoners as a punishment

Doctors tell a patient’s family that the patient is HIV positive

A tuberculosis patient is jailed without choices to carry out less intrusive care

Clinics refuse treatments to sex workers and people who inject drugs

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Case study on human rights violations

Real case studies of human rights violations from our archives

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Is this a human rights violation?



Members of the LGTBI community are denied access to a health facility
Counterfeit condoms are found in a health facility
Programmatic data is falsified, to inflate the number of patients on treatment