Founded by Sir Elton John and the Duke of Sussex (Prince Harry), the coalition and its inaugural campaign will be unveiled on July 24 at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. At the event, EJAF will host a press conference at which it will unveil its partners in the Eastern Europe & Central Asia Key Populations Fund, which was launched in October 2017, as well as the first grants awarded by the fund.
At the conference, EJAF also will call attention to the achievements of the LGBT Fund, a $10 million effort jointly financed by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to support LGBT communities in multiple African countries. As part of that work, a Rapid Response Fund managed by the International AIDS Alliance provides grants to help LGBT-led civil society organizations adapt to unexpected events that affect the ability of LGBT people to access HIV services.
"Two years ago at the twenty-first International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, the Duke of Sussex and I participated in a panel looking at HIV and youth — the only age demographic where HIV infections are rising not falling," said John. "Since then, my foundation, along with other partners, has been undertaking participatory, human-centered design research collectively covering six countries. A critical finding from this work is the urgent need to rapidly scale up men's access to and engagement in HIV testing and treatment services."