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Global Fund Sets Up Procedure to Submit Human Rights Complaints

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched a complaint procedure to ensure basic human rights standards are not violated, according to a Global Fund press release.

The Global Fund oversees nearly $4 billion in aid from government, civil and private sectors.

Its new procedure allows individuals to submit a complaint if an implementer of Global Fund grants violates any of the five basic human rights. Complaints can be made to the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General, and they will be kept confidential.

According to the press release, the complaints procedure will help ensure the Global Fund remains accountable to high standards. The five minimum human rights standards are:

Providing non-discriminatory access to services for all, including people in detention

Employing only scientifically sound and approved medicines or medical practices

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

Respecting and protecting informed consent, confidentiality and the right to privacy concerning medical testing, treatment or health services rendered

Avoiding medical detention and involuntary isolation, which are to be used only as a last resort.

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