[Ip-health] Year End Communique - Communities Delegation to Unitaid

Wim Vandevelde wim at eatg.org
Tue Dec 27 05:46:33 PST 2016


/(sorry for cross-posting)/

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

In closing 2016 and to welcome the New Year, we would like to provide an 
update with some of the highlights for the Communities Delegation in 
2016. Please find below the Year End Communiqué with a summary of the 
main activities and outcomes. The French, Spanish, Russian and on-line 
versions will be provided shortly.

On behalf of the Delegation, we thank you for your interest and support 
in 2016.

I wish you a happy 2017!

Wim Vandevelde
/Liaison Officer, Communities Delegation to UNITAID Board//
//Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)/




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***Year End Communiqué - December 2016
*

*Communities Delegation to Unitaid*

*What is Unitaid?*

Unitaid is a multilateral organisation which was founded by Brazil, 
Chile, France, Norway and the UK in 2006. Its mission is to “maximize 
the effectiveness of the global health response by catalysing equitable 
access to better health products”. In particular, Unitaid contributes to 
scale up access to prevention, diagnostics and treatment for HIV/AIDS 
and co-infections (hepatitis C), malaria and tuberculosis for the people 
in developing countries and to accelerate the pace at which they are 
made available. This is done by leveraging price reductions of quality 
drugs and diagnostics but also by addressing the other many barriers 
that currently prevent access to innovative health products, beyond 
affordability. Unitaid's projects work to fill the gap between 
late-stage development of health products and their widespread adoption. 
Unitaid ensures that innovative ideas come to fruition in the real world 
and in doing so, helps innovators to address the needs of underserved 
populations.

The Communities and NGO delegations to Unitaid produced this leaflet 
<http://stopaids.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/ENGLIS1.pdf> with 
more information about Unitaid’s market impact work. Unitaid is based in 
Geneva and hosted by the World Health Organization. Approximately half 
of Unitaid’s funding comes from a levy on air tickets.

*What is the Communities Delegation to Unitaid?*

The Communities Delegation (CD) to the Unitaid Board aims for a Unitaid 
in which people living with and affected by HIV, TB and Malaria and 
those co-infected with HIV and HCV have access to tests, medicines and 
products that prevent new infections, that are affordable and meet their 
needs. The delegation represents the Communities and their views at 
Unitaid Board and Committee level and ensures the voices from the 
communities positively influence the decisions, priorities, programs and 
overall impact of Unitaid, at Board and country level.

The current Board Member (BM) representing the Communities is Ms Gracia 
Violeta Ross Quiroga from Bolivia and the Alternate Board Member (ABM) 
is Mr Kenly Sikwese from Zambia. The delegation is hosted by GNP+ and 
supported by the Communities Liaison Officer (CLO), Wim Vandevelde, 
based in South Africa.

The Delegation’s Handbook 
<http://www.gnpplus.net/resources/unitaid-communities-delegation-handbook/> 
describes the Mission and Vision of the delegation and the Terms of 
Reference of the different delegation members. Follow the Communities 
Delegation activities on Twitter <https://twitter.com/UTDCommunities> 
and on Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/groups/CommunitiesUNITAID/> 
for the latest news and updates.

*What were the key activities of the Communities Delegation in 2016?*

*What*

	

*When*

	

*Where*

	

*Who*

	

*Main Outcome*

	

*Reference *

*> Executive Board Special Session*

	

16-17 March

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM, CLO

	

BM signs the Civil Society Engagement Plan (CSEP) MoU between the 
Secretariat and the two Civil Society delegations on the Board. **

	

CSEP 
<http://unitaidngodelegation.org/2016/03/29/unitaid-signs-civil-society-engagement-plan/>

*> Women Deliver Conference*

	

16-19 May

	

Copenhagen, Denmark**

	

BM, ABM

	

Supported the Secretariat’s strategic consultation with women and girls 
on the potential expansion of Unitaid’s scope to include Reproductive, 
Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH). **

	

wd2016.org

*> High-Level Dinner “Unitaid at 10: Innovating for Public Health; How 
We Can End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria By 2030"*

	

22 May

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM

	

Review of the progress over the past decade and discussion on how by 
harnessing innovation and addressing market failures Unitaid can 
contribute to ending the three pandemics in the next 15 years. **

	

High-Level Dinner "Unitaid at 10 
<http://unitaid.org/images/programme-22-may.pdf>

*> Innovations in HIV Prevention meeting during WHA*

	

22 May

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM

	

Updates on HIV self-testing and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)**

	

Innovations in HIV Prevention 
<http://unitaid.org/images/events/Flyer-Event-PrEP-UNITAID.pdf>

*> Consultation on Intellectual Property (IP) *

	

25 May

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM

	

Contribution to the development of UNITAID’s approach to interventions 
in IP) resulting in the adoption of Resolution EB26/R05**

	

Board resolution (EB26/R05) "Area for Intervention related to 
Intellectual Property 
(IP):<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb26/UNITAID_EB26_2016_R5_IP%20AfI.pdf>

Supporting the use of TRIPS flexibilities" 
<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb26/UNITAID_EB26_2016_R5_IP%20AfI.pdf>

*> “Value for Money” (VfM) concept presentation*

	

25 May

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM, CLO

	

The Communities delegation welcomed this approach but argued that too 
often the VfM principle is presented in economic terms, not in lives 
saved. The Communities expect this to change with the CSEP.**

	

*> Meeting with the Secretariat and the NGO delegation to discuss the 
operationalising of the CSEP*

	

26 May

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM, CLO

	

Discussion on the operational implications of the plan and create a work 
plan with concrete actions and timelines for each of the 8 principles 
for collaboration between CS and Unitaid set out in the Engagement Plan. 
The Secretariat will support a consultant to perform a mapping exercise 
of the local and regional CS and CBOs based on the relevant type of 
activities and to prepare an operational and best practice guidance 
document for grant proponents.**

	

CSEP 
<http://unitaidngodelegation.org/2016/03/29/unitaid-signs-civil-society-engagement-plan/>

*> Informal Policy and Strategy Committee (PSC) session*

	

26 May

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM, CLO

	

Session with feed-back and preliminary reflection on comments raised by 
the Board on the 5-year Strategy. The delegation defended specific 
language on “Equity” to be added to the mission statement. **

	

Unitaid Strategy 2017-2021 EB26 Resolution 
<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb26/UNITAID_EB26_2016_R1_Strategy%202017-2021.pdf>

*> 2^nd Open call for new membership of the Communities Delegation*

	

3 June

	

Global**

	

Selection panel composed by BM, ABM, and 2 key advisors

	

Following the recruitment process outlined in the Delegation Handbook, 6 
new members from DRC, Belarus, Ukraine, India, Nigeria and Uganda joined 
the 12 existing members from the reconstituted delegation. **

	

Delegation Handbook 
<http://www.gnpplus.net/resources/unitaid-communities-delegation-handbook/>

*> Delegation Executive Board (EB25) pre-meetings*

	

22-23 June

	

Paris, France**

	

BM, ABM, CLO and 4 fully-funded delegation members

	

Preparation for the Committee and Board meetings with 2 learning 
sessions to strengthen the delegation’s capacity on IP by Ellen 't Hoen 
and on Regulatory Affairs by Alain Alsalhani.**

	

*> 16th Session of the Finance and Accountability Committee (FAC)*

**

	

21 June

	

Paris, France**

	

BM, ABM, CLO and 4 fully-funded delegation members

	

The delegation presented the position of the Communities on Risk: there 
must be Risk appetite for innovation but 0 tolerance for “risk” 
understood as “fraud”.**

	

Policy to reduce risk of wrongdoing 
<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb25/UNITAID_EB25_2016_R3_Policy_to_address_risk_of_wrongdoing.pdf>

*> Joint Finance and Accountability and *

*Policy and Strategy Committees meeting*

	

21 June

	

Paris, France**

	

BM, ABM, CLO and 4 fully-funded delegation members

	

Presentation of the report on the activities and the use of funds 
provided to the delegation by Unitaid in 2015. The BM added that our 
delegation is performing well with regards to gender balance and 
inclusion of youth representatives. The BM delivered an intervention on 
equity and solidarity with the suffering people of Venezuela.**

	

Communities Delegation Intervention on the situation of Venezuela during 
the 25th Executive Board Meeting 
<http://www.gnpplus.net/unitaid-communities-delegation-intervention-on-venezuela/>

*> 25th Session of the Executive Board*

	

22-23 June

	

Paris, France**

	

BM, ABM, CLO and 4 fully-funded delegation members

	

The delegation defended a larger role for Communities in the new 
Strategy 2017-2021 and supported the expansion of the mandate into 
RMNCH. The BM also framed the discussions around IP as an issue of 
access to life-saving medication and supported a dedicated IP strategy 
for Unitaid. The delegation thanked the outgoing Chair, Phillipe 
Douste-Blazy and welcomed the newly elected Chair, Mr Celso Amorim from 
Brazil.

	

EB25/R05 - Development of Strategy 2017-2021: Strategic Option 
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) 
<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb25/UNITAID_EB25_2016_R5_Development_of_Strategy_2017-2021_Strategic_Option_RMNCH.pdf>

EB25/R08 - UNITAID's approach to intellectual property 
<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb25/UNITAID_EB25_2016_R8_UNITAIDs_Approach_to_Intellectual_Property.pdf>

EB25/R11 - Election of UNITAID Executive Board Chair 
<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb25/UNITAID_EB25_2016_R11_Election_Chair.pdf>


//

*> LIVING 2016, 3rd Positive Leadership Summit.*

	

17 July

	

Durban, South Africa**

	

BM, ABM, CLO

	

Consultation with Lelio Marmora, Unitaid Executive Director and 60 HIV+ 
participants of LIVING 2016 on the draft Strategy 2017-2021

	

www.gnpplus.net/living2016/the-summit

*> 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)*

	

18-22 July

	

Durban, South Africa**

	

BM, ABM, CLO

	

Supported the Secretariat’s strategic consultations with women on the 
expansion of Unitaid’s remit to include RMNCH.

“Meet your representatives” feedback session with Communities Board 
representatives on Global Fund, GAVI, UNAIDS and Unitaid.

	

www.aids2016.org

*> 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)*

	

18-22 July

	

Durban, South Africa**

	

BM, ABM, CLO

	

Supported the Secretariat’s strategic consultations with women on the 
expansion of Unitaid’s remit to include RMNCH.

“Meet your representatives” feedback session with Communities Board 
representatives on Global Fund, GAVI, UNAIDS and Unitaid.

	

www.aids2016.org

*> Delegation FAC/PSC pre-meeting*

	

3 October

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM, CLO and Key Advisor

	

Preparation for the FAC and PSC Committee meetings agenda including 2017 
budget and Resource Mobilisation (RM)**

	

*> Finance and Accountability*

*Committee followed by Joint*

*PSC/FAC session*

*17th Session PSC*

	

4-5 October

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM, CLO and Key Advisor

	

The delegation expressed concern that resources are coming mostly from 3 
donors and is supportive of expanding the donor base.

Better documentation and communication of the project successes and 
failures can help with RM. Sustainability efforts of Unitaid’s 
investments must include the participation of communities. BM further 
argued for a new Key Performance Indicator (KPI) on grantees and 
Secretariat engagement with CS. Regarding the methodology for addressing 
access through non-state actors, the BM defended clear definitions and 
the exclusion of the pharmaceutical industry.

	

*> 1^st Annual Delegation Retreat*

	

17 October

	

Dakar, Senegal**

	

Communities delegation members, Unitaid Secretariat and local community 
representatives

	

Review and update of internal governance procedures and first 
consultation on the Communities Delegation Long-term Strategy

	

*> 1^st Community Dialogues*

	

18-19 October

	

Dakar, Senegal**

	

Communities delegation, Secretariat, local communities and CSOs, Unitaid 
beneficiaries, grantees/implementers, the Global Fund’s CCM members and 
Senegalese government officials.

	

Informal site visits, interviews and conversations in which the 
opportunity for a dialogue is created between the Communities Delegation 
and the Senegalese stakeholders. Also served as an opportunity for being 
accountable to the constituency of the Delegation.

	

Report forthcoming

*> Delegation Executive Board (EB26) pre-meeting*

	

12 December

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM, CLO and 4 fully-funded delegation members

	

Preparation for the Delegation’s interventions during EB26 and meeting 
with the Executive Director to discuss upcoming priorities.**

	

*> 26th Session of the Executive Board*

	

13-14 December

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM, CLO and 4 fully-funded delegation members

	

BM presented on the Dakar Community Dialogues and highlighted the need 
for improved and coordinated partnerships with CS and other stakeholders 
in-country in order to engage better with the final beneficiaries of the 
grants. She invited the ED and BMs to join in future Community Dialogues 
to make it “real” for the beneficiaries. Regarding the Strategy 
2017-2021 document, ABM defended the need to break down the definition 
of CS so that different types of CS are recognised. He also argued for 
the use of wording on “/people and communities in need/”, in stead of 
references to regional or GDP-based criteria. The delegation defended a 
more people-centred approach and the inclusion of MICs with more 
attention to the underserved populations who run the risk to be left 
behind because of restrictive IP barriers. During the discussion on the 
Area for Intervention: HIV self-testing, the ABM made a compelling 
intervention on the need to engage the communities to reach the hard to 
reach groups and getting them linked to treatment.

During the discussion on the Area for Intervention related to IP, the 
delegation reminded the Board of the historical moment on which it would 
be judged and defended the inclusion of detailed references to the 
various TRIPS flexibilities. The final vote was in favour of a more 
general statement in support of TRIPS flexibilities.

	

EB26/R01 - Strategy 2017-2021 
<http://www.unitaid.org/en/component/content/article/9-uncategorised/1632-eb26-resolutions>

EB26/R02 - Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) 
<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb26/UNITAID_EB26_2016_R2_KPI.pdf>

EB26/R04 - HIV Area for Intervention: Expanding access to HIV 
self-testing in LMICs 
<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb26/UNITAID_EB26_2016_R4_HIV%20self%20testing.pdf>

EB26/R05 - Area for Intervention related to Intellectual Property (IP): 
Supporting the use of TRIPS flexibilities 
<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb26/UNITAID_EB26_2016_R5_IP%20AfI.pdf>

*> Delegation Executive Board (EB26) post-meeting*

	

15 December

	

Geneva, Switzerland**

	

BM, ABM, CLO and 4 fully-funded delegation members

	

Debriefing and evaluation of the Delegation’s interventions during the 
Board meeting.

In-depth consultation with the consultant recruited to prepare an 
operational and best practice guidance document for grant proponents on 
CS engagement in future Unitaid grants.**

	

*> Communities Speak Out Webinar*

	

19 December

	

Global

	

BM, CLO and delegation members as attendees

	

BM provided a summary of the work of the delegation, the last decisions 
of Unitaid and future challenges. Participants learned about other 
global health boards and begun a promising discussion for the future.

	

Webinar Summary and Recording 
<http://www.gnpplus.net/communities-delegations-speak-out/>

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*What is the delegation up to in the near future?*

In the coming days and weeks we will launch an open call for a new 
Alternate Board Member with application deadline end of January. Violeta 
will be stepping down in the coming months and Kenly will take the seat 
of Board member representing the Communities. We look forward to 
receiving many applications from interested volunteers to take on this 
important representation. A selection panel will steer the recruitment 
process as outlined on page 7 of the Delegation’s Handbook 
<http://www.gnpplus.net/assets/wbb_file_updown/4989/Communities%20Delegation%20Handbook_v8_Dec16.pdf>.

The CD will conduct a new Community Dialogue in a country with Unitaid 
investments, the aim is to connect with local communities who are 
beneficiaries of Unitaid grants, to see Unitaid projects directly and at 
country level and to make ourselves accountable to the people we 
represent in the Board. The location of the 2017 Community Dialogue has 
not been decided but will be announced in a timely manner.

In the Spring of 2017, the Delegation will launch another call for 
membership in order to improve the regional and disease representation 
covered by our membership. The call will be launched on the relevant 
civil society mailing lists, so stay tuned for more news.

The provisional Calendar of Unitaid Board and committee meetings for 
2017 
<http://www.unitaid.org/images/Resolutions/eb26/UNITAID_EB26_2016_R7_Calendar%20of%202017%20Board%20and%20committee%20meetings.pdf> 
has been set as follows:

18^th FAC: 26 April

17^th PSC: 27 April

Executive Board retreat: 6 June

27^th Session of the Executive Board: 7-8 June

19^th FAC: 18 October

18^th PSC: 19 October

28^th Session of the Executive Board: 6-7 December

*Follow us, contact us!*

Follow the Communities Delegation activities on Twitter 
<https://twitter.com/UTDCommunities> and on Facebook 
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/CommunitiesUNITAID/> for the latest 
news and relevant updates.

If you are interested in joining the Communities delegation or learning 
more about it, please email wvandevelde at gnpplus.net 
<mailto:wvandevelde at gnpplus.net> or your Board representatives:

*Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga, Board Member*:

> email:graciavioleta at gmail.com

> whatsapp: +591 70678041

> skype: violeta.ross

*Kenly Sikwese, Alternate Board Member*:

> email:ksikwese at gmail.com

> whatsapp: +260 966261218

> skype: kenly.sikwese

*List of Acronyms*

ABM:Alternate Board Member

BM: Board Member

CCM: Country Coordinating Mechanism

CD: Communities Delegation

CLO:Community Liaison Officer

CSEP:Civil Society Engagement Plan

CSO:Civil Society Organisation

FAC: Finance and Accountability Committee

IP:Intellectual Property

KA:Key Advisor

KPI:Key Performance Indicator

MICs:Middle-Income Countries

PSC: Policy and Strategy Committee

RM:Resource Mobilisation

RMNCH:Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

TRIPS: Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

VfM:Value for Money


-- 
Wim Vandevelde
Liaison Officer, Communities Delegation to UNITAID Board
Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)
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