The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today congratulated the United Kingdom for demonstrating strong leadership in global health with a major contribution to the Global Fund for the next three years.
Justine Greening, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, announced that the UK will contribute £1 Billion (US$1.6 billion) to the Global Fund for the 2014-2016 period, or £333 million ($US533 million) per year, the second-largest pledge by any government so far. The United States has requested US$1.65 billion per year for the Global Fund in its 2014 budget.
Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund, cited the extraordinary leadership and generosity of the United Kingdom and thanked Prime Minister David Cameron for his long-term vision and Secretary Greening for her unwavering support.
“This commitment will underlie a transformative step forward for the Global Fund and partners in their fight to defeat AIDS, TB and malaria,” said Dr. Mboi. “The UK gives us all an inspiring model of responsible global citizenship.”
The UK commitment is geared toward encouraging other donors to maximize their own pledges to the Global Fund, effectively unlocking additional funds with each contribution, as the UK contribution is limited to a maximum of 10 per cent of the total raised for the Global Fund.
The Department for International Development, which leads the UK’s efforts to end extreme poverty, has championed the cause of helping to halve malaria deaths in 10 of the worst affected countries by 2015. It has also been a strong advocate of the launch this year of a new funding model that allows the Global Fund to invest more strategically, achieve greater impact and engage partners more effectively.
The UK has targeted saving the lives of 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth and 250,000 newborn babies as well as helping to immunize more than 55 million children against preventable diseases. Allowing at least 10 million more women to use modern methods of family planning by 2015 is also a priority.
The announcement, made in New York just before the start of the United Nations General Assembly, followed a pledge earlier this month by Nordic countries, including Sweden and Norway, of US$750 million for the 2014-16 period, representing an increase of US$150 million.
The Global Fund is convening a once-every-three years pledging conference, known as the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment, in late 2013. It has set a goal of raising US$15 billion so that it can effectively support countries in fighting these three infectious diseases in the 2014-2016 period.
The Global Fund is an international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. The Global Fund promotes partnerships between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, the most effective way to help reach those in need. This innovative approach relies on country ownership and performance-based funding, meaning that people in countries implement their own programs based on their priorities and the Global Fund provides financing where verifiable results are achieved.
Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has supported more than 1,000 programs in more than 140 countries, providing AIDS treatment for 5.3 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 11 million people and 340 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts in dealing with the three diseases.