This Pride month, we celebrate the impact of the Global Fund's Breaking Down Barriers program which partners with community-based organizations in over twenty countries to overcome human rights-related barriers to health services.
However, a recent surge of anti-LGBTQ discrimination in countries like Uganda threatens hard-won progress reaching marginalized and vulnerable communities in the fight against HIV. In a joint statement, Peter Sands of the Global Fund, Winnie Byanyima of UNAIDS and Ambassador John Nkengasong of PEPFAR condemned the anti-LGBTQ law recently passed in Uganda.
- "Uganda’s progress on its HIV response is now in grave jeopardy. The Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 will obstruct health education and the outreach that can help end AIDS as a public health threat."
U.S. policymakers including Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) also expressed concern over Uganda's draconian anti-LGBTQ law.