On the second day of the 19th International AIDS Conference convening in Washington, DC, the government of Spain announced that it would contribute 10 million euros to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Kolleen Bouchane, ACTION Director, issued the following statement in response:
I applaud Spain’s leadership and welcome its announcement that the government will contribute 10 million euros to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. With this contribution, the government of Spain demonstrates that ending the “big three” infectious disease epidemics is a global priority even during the most challenging economic times. Until recently, Spain has been one of the leading contributors to the Global Fund. I hope that in due time we can see Spain regain its economic footing and emerge again as one of the leading donors.
The Global Fund is essential to the cause of ending AIDS, TB and malaria. Yesterday, the Global Fund announced that since being launched just a decade ago, public health programs that it supports have saved 8.7 million lives.
The world has united behind scientific evidence showing that it’s possible to bring an end to the AIDS epidemic. We must now act on the evidence, and action requires resources. I urge other donors to follow Spain and make additional contributions that will allow the Global Fund to accelerate its efforts, helping countries to meet the full demand for resources needed to end AIDS, TB and malaria.