For all people living with or affected by HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria to be able to attain the highest possible quality of life.


To ensure the informed, meaningful and accountable representation of communities living with HIV and affected by Tuberculosis and Malaria on the Board of the Global Fund, in order to achieve a greater and sustained level of health for our communities.


The Communities Delegation works by and promotes the guiding principles of:
  • Meaningful Engagement: Ensuring the meaningful engagement of people living with HIV and affected by Tuberculosis and Malaria, including key and vulnerable populations, in all Global Fund processes at all levels.
  • Non-discrimination: Asserting the right of all people living with HIV and affected by Tuberculosis and Malaria, including key and vulnerable populations, for access to equitable and non-discriminatory access to high quality prevention, treatment, care and support.
  • Human Rights and Gender Equality: Demanding respect for the value of all human life and promoting and protecting the dignity, equity and equality of all people.
  • Centrality of Communities: Ensuring recognition and resourcing of the central role of community systems and responses within effective responses to HIV , Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  • Accountability: Operating with transparency, credibility and accountability, in particular to people living with HIV and affected by Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  • Partnership: Working in partnership and complementarity with relevant stakeholders, together ensuring a more united, comprehensive and effective response to the three diseases.


The Communities Living with HIV and affected Tuberculosis and malaria Delegation (Communities Delegation) represents up to 40 people, all living with HIV or affected by Tuberculosis and malaria. Members of the Communities Delegation are recruited through a transparent application and interview process, based on criteria within the Terms of Reference of the Communities Delegation Member.

Members of the Communities Delegation come from difference geographic regions, and bring different types of experience and expertise related to the three diseases, technical issues and represent different groups of communities, including key and vulnerable populations. We bring the real life experiences, insights and needs of our constituencies, to inform our advocacy on decisions, policies and investments  made by the Global Fund Board and its Committees.

The primary work of the Communities Delegation and its members are conducted virtually through its listserv, working groups, and teleconferences. Face-to-face meetings are held either through its annual retreat (when funding is available), and during the two Global Fund Board Meetings held annually, The Communities Delegation conducts its work in partnership with other stakeholders involved in the Global Fund Board, including the constituencies/delegations on the Board of the Global Fund Board,

Key roles and responsibilities within the Communities Delegation include:

  • Board Member and Alternate Board Member: The Board Member and the Alternate Board Member serve an approximate 24-month term each. At least one of the positions must be a person openly living with HIV. The roles of the Board Member and Alternate Board Member are to: provide leadership and strategic vision for the Delegation; providing information to and seeking input from Delegation Members on issues under discussion; reviewing Global Fund Board and Committee documents and providing feedback from the perspective of the Delegation for decision-making processes; attending Global Fund Board Meeting and other relevant Global Fund meetings and workshops; voting in Global Fund Board processes; and conducting resource mobilisation for the Delegation.
  • Communications Focal Point: The Communications Focal Point is a full-time paid position of the Communities Delegation and is hired on a contractual basis, with renewal dependent on performance review. The responsibilities of the Communications Focal Point focus on: providing support to the Board Member and Alternate Board Member in carrying out their functions and mandates; supporting the work and functioning of the Delegation; coordinating the communication and information flow within the Delegation and with external partners; conducting resource mobilisation for the Delegation; facilitating the recruitment processes for Board Member, Alternate Board Member, and Delegation Members; and organising the Communities Delegation annual retreat, Delegation attendance at two Board Meetings per annum, and relevant meetings prior to Committee Meetings and the Global Fund.
  • Leadership Group: The Leadership Group is comprised of the Board Member, Alternate Board Member and Communications Focal Point. It provides leadership and strategic direction to the Communities Delegation and represents the Delegation to the Global Fund Board.
  • Administrative Working Group (AWG): The AWG is comprised of the Leadership Group and up to four other Members of the Delegation. Members serve a two-year term that is renewable based on performance assessment and selected through a set of criteria. The key responsibilities of the AWG are to provide support, advice and technical assistance to the Leadership Group in administrative work areas of the Communities Delegation.
  • Delegation Members: Members serve a two-year term that can be extended, dependent on annual performance assessments. They are selected to criteria laid out within the Terms of Reference of Communities Delegation Members – including a person living with HIV, and/or affected by Tuberculosis and/or malaria; can demonstrate linkages with community networks; have capacity to communicate and network effectively and broadly; can demonstrate expertise and understanding of the scope of work of the Global Fund; and have experience in governance of global, regional and/or national institutions. The primary role of Delegation Members is to provide support and advice to the Leadership Group for the to effectively fulfil their functions. Their responsibilities include: upholding the mission, values and principles of the Delegation; respecting and implementing the agreed internal policies of the Delegation; consulting with communities and communicating their priorities linked to the Global Fund; meaningfully participating in all discussions and deliberations of the Delegation; responding to communications within the time frame requested; and committing a minimum of eight hours a week for Delegation duties.