The Global Fund raises USD$12.9 billion to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria while Canada’s Prime Minister calls for even more partners to join the fight to accelerate gains
Today governments from around the world committed a reported USD$12.9 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its fifth voluntary replenishment meeting in Montreal, Canada. This is an increase of 1 billion dollars over the amount committed at the previous replenishment meeting in 2013, and represents a significant investment for fighting the 3 diseases over the coming 3 years.
“We congratulate Prime Minister Trudeau and the Canadian government for their leadership and active diplomacy to work with other governments for today’s accomplishment. At the beginning of this process, the Global Fund made the case for a USD $13 billion investment to allow it to stay ’on the right side of the tipping point’ and continue to make significant in-roads against the three diseases. Today we got close to reaching that goal, but this can only be the beginning of an ongoing replenishment effort which requires strong advocacy in the coming years.” said Peter van Rooijen, Executive Director of International Civil Society Support (Secretariat for Global Fund Advocates Network).
The Global Fund has saved 20 million lives since it was formed in 2002. With a strong record of achieving effective and accountable results with donor funding, the Global Fund is one of the smartest investments in global health. It also encourages sustained and increased domestic investment in health by requiring governments to substantially co-invest in the disease programs in their countries.”
“As representatives of a network of over 500 advocates in over 90 countries we have consistently advocated for the USD $13 billion as the minimum needed: it is only the first hurdle in meeting the full resource needs identified in the Global Plans for AIDS, TB and malaria that set out the pathway to achieving the end of the three diseases as the world committed to with the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director of WACI Health, GFAN Africa hub. “It is only a minimum as it will not meet the pace envisioned in those Plans, and will therefore still mean unnecessary new infections, lives lost and communities disrupted.”
Global civil society wholeheartedly commends commitments from donor and implementing countries as well as private sector partners for today’s accomplishment, but encourages all stakeholders to stay at the table, continue discussions, and continue to mobilize additional resources to fully employ the opportunity of ending the diseases.
The Global Fund’s Investment Case clearly states that for every USD $100 million raised, the Global Fund could support programs that would:
- Save up to 60,000 lives;
- Avert up to 2.3 million new infections across the three diseases;
- Support partners in domestic investment of USD $300 million toward the three diseases; and
- Spur USD $2.2 billion in long-term economic gains.
“I am an advocate for and champion of the Global Fund because it saved my life. As a young HIV+ Zimbabwean I lived through losing my mother and brother because there was no Global Fund, there was no access to treatment,” said Loyce Maturu, Zimbabwean Global Fund advocate and member of GFAN’s Speakers Bureau. “Now, I work with other young people to make sure they have the support they need to meet the challenges of living with HIV –with every dollar raised for the Global Fund, this is true for more and more people. I call on donors to bridge the funding gap so we can accelerate progress against the 3 diseases: there is no reason to wait, and 20 million to scale-up our efforts.”
The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) was established in 2011 to unite voices and efforts from all over the world to support a fully funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. GFAN builds on and brings together existing structures, expertise and experience that has been developed and gathered since 2002 in support of the Global Fund, working with advocates, activists and affected communities in the South and the North, as well as Friends of the Fund organizations.
The overall purpose of GFAN is to build a global social movement to demand health for all by recruiting, connecting and mobilizing advocates to communicate the urgent need, and demand full funding for, the Global Fund to maximize its impact.
The original statement was released on the 17th September and is available here.