The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the world’s largest international funder of public health efforts to treat and prevent TB and malaria. It’s the second-biggest financier of HIV/AIDS services. It relies on the contributions of donor governments to save 100,000 lives every month.
But last year some donors began failing to uphold their pledges of support for the Global Fund. As a consequence, the Global Fund has had to cancel its plans to finance new programs or help existing programs expand until 2014 (Read about the human consequences of the funding cancellation).
The Global Fund turned 10 years old in January 2012. ACTION thought it was the perfect time to remind the world how indispensible the Global Fund is – and to begin calling leaders to convene an emergency donors meeting this year that would jumpstart the fund.
Together with grassroots citizens, ACTION generated numerous articles, op-eds, letters to the editor and radio placements on four continents. The New York Times, Guardian, and Sydney Morning Herald all covered the Global Fund’s tenth anniversary.
We’re still working hard to bring leaders to the table to follow through on their commitments and inject needed resources into the Global Fund.