September 17, 2016 – The ACTION partnership applauds the world leaders who signaled their resolve to fight the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria by pledging a combined US $12.9 billion over the next three years at the fifth replenishment of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and will work with those leaders to fill remaining gaps and further accelerate progress toward ending the epidemics.
"With Prime Minister Trudeau’s leadership, Canada and other donors have demonstrated their commitment to ending the epidemics and reaching the most vulnerable," said Lauren Dobson-Hughes, executive director of RESULTS Canada. "We are also proud to see that the replenishment conference in Montreal showcased how countries facing the epidemics have also stepped up to the challenge and made bold commitments."
The Governments of Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, India, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, Togo and Zimbabwe joined donor governments, philanthropists, and private sector donors in issuing their own ambitious pledges to the Global Fund, totaling over $50 million. This is in addition to investments at home; for example, the Kenyan government has allocated $54 million in domestic resources to strengthen Kenya's healthcare system and improve the prevention and treatment of AIDS, TB, and malaria.
"We welcome the leadership of low and middle income countries on the frontlines of the fight against these epidemics and this sign of global solidarity to secure a healthy future for Africa," said Rosemary Mburu, executive director of WACI Health in Kenya. “Today’s commitment reminds us both what is possible—but also what greater need remains."
Highlights from the replenishment influenced by ACTION partners’ and allies’ advocacy include:
- Australia increased funding to AUD $220 million, a 10% increase on its previous commitment—and in the context of major cuts to the Australian aid program.
- Canada affirmed its leadership in the fight against the epidemics with a CAD 804 million pledge.
- The European Union committed €470 million in March 2016, a 27% increase over its previous pledge. An additional €5 million top-up was announced on Saturday, September 17th.
- France pledged €1.08 billion over three years.
- India pledged US $20 million, a nearly 50% increase over its previous commitment.
- Italy announced in June an increase in funding to €130 million, 30% more than its previous commitment; at the replenishment conference today, Italy announced a €10 million top-up in solidarity with the low and middle income countries whose pledges were announced at the conference.
- Japan committed US $800 million after hosting the replenishment's preparatory meeting in December 2015.
- Kenya pledged US $5 million, more than doubling its commitment from the previous replenishment in 2013.
- South Korea pledged US $4 million for 2017.
- The UK pledged £1.1 billion and will work to incentivize private sector investments in the Global Fund.
- The U.S. committed to deliver one-third of the total funds, up to US $4.3 billion, matching donor investments with $1 for every $2 pledged by others through September 2017.
While the nearly $13 billion in new resources is a huge milestone in the fight against AIDS, TB, and malaria, it is only one piece of the $97 billion needed over the next three years to put us on a course to ending the epidemics. The Global Fund plays a unique and important role in this global effort, and its work over the next three years is expected to save up to 8 million lives and prevent 300 million new infections. But, we must not forget that there are millions more who will fall through the cracks if we stop and consider our work done after this pledging conference. Complementary health programs and other funding streams must continue to be strengthened as well.
"We welcome the efforts of the French government to invest 1.08 billion Euros in the Global Fund, but this should not be at the expense of other complimentary initiatives such as UNITAID," explained Patrick Bertrand, executive director of Global Health Advocates France. UNITAID invests in innovative tools, such as the TB diagnostic GeneXpert, which the Global Fund can later scale up if proven effective.
While today’s announcement is a significant contribution to the global efforts to end the epidemics, more work remains. “As civil society, we must ensure that what governments announce actually translates into funding—both the pledges to the Global Fund and countries’ co-investment through their own health budgets,” said Hannah Bowen, director of the ACTION secretariat. “We will also work together to ensure that the resources raised here in Montreal and around the world are and targeted so that we reach and support the most vulnerable populations.”
ACTION is a partnership of 12 locally rooted organizations around the world that advocate together to build political will and increase investments for global health. Our partners: Æquitas (India), CITAM+ (Zambia), Global Health Advocates France, Global Health Advocates India, Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium, Princess of Africa Foundation (South Africa), RESULTS International Australia, RESULTS Canada, RESULTS Japan, RESULTS Educational Fund (US), RESULTS UK, WACI Health (Kenya).
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