Italy, Germany and Canada have pledged to increase their contribution to The Global Fund, by 15 percent to €161 million and 17.6 percent to €1 billion and 15.7 percent CAD 930.4 million respectively over the next three years.
Italy’s announced by Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s Prime Minister during the G7 Summit in Biarritz, in France is yet another demonstration that the country is committed to end the epidemics of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
While, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country demonstrating its commitment to stepping up the fight against HIV, TB and malaria and to accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of health and well-being for all.
Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund said, “We thank Chancellor Merkel for her steadfast leadership in global health”.
Germany has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund partnership since its inception in 2002 and is its fourth-largest donor. Germany’s investments have helped the Global Fund partnership save more than 27 million lives and reduce deaths from AIDS, TB and malaria by one-third.
Canada’s was announced by Maryam Monsef, Canadian minister of international Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality,adding, “We know that most vulnerable groups, including women, adolescent girls and children, are particularly affected by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a result of poverty and gender inequality.”
She adds, “This is why Canada is stepping up the fight against these diseases. Canada strongly believes that the best way to end these epidemics is through broad and innovative partnerships such as the Global Fund, to reduce the barriers preventing millions of people to have access to detection, prevention, treatment and care. Together, we can end these epidemics for good. ”
Canada is a founding member of the Global Fund and has contributed more than US$2.2 billion since 2002. As host of the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Conference in September 2016, Canada brought leaders from around the world to Montréal to raise funds and support the Global Fund’s efforts to end HIV, TB and malaria. At the conference, Canada pledged CAD 804 million, a 24% increase from its previous pledge.
Accordingly, Health is an essential pre-condition for sustainable development, starting from women, children, youth and the most vulnerable groups.
“Italy’s increased contribution to the Global Fund confirms our strong commitment to global health,” said Emanuela Del Re, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
“We responded to the Fund’s call to step up the fight in order to achieve our common goals by 2030 and save additional 16 million lives over the next three years,” he added.
Italy has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund since it was established in 2002. Italy hosted the first meeting of donors to replenish the Global Fund’s resources in Rome in 2005. It has also played a key role in shaping Global Fund’s policies, including advancing human rights, building stronger systems of health and investing in challenging operating environments.
The Global Fund is a partner in the “Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All,” coordinated by WHO in response to a call from Germany, Ghana and Norway for more effective collaboration and coordination to achieve the health-related SDGs. The organization also works with the German BACKUP Health program to increase grant efficiency and effectiveness, with a particular focus on strengthening systems for health.
France will host the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment pledging conference in Lyon 9-10 October 2019. The Conference is aimed at further mobilizing efforts to end the epidemics of three of the world’s most devastating diseases by 2030, in line with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Fund seeks to raise at least US$14 billion for the next three years to help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, and build stronger health systems by 2023.