A Fully Funded Global Fund is Vital to Ending the AIDS Epidemic | July 20 2016
Today at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, GFAN launched two new reports, as well as a Call to Action for a fully funded Global Fund. Since its inception in 2002, the Global Fund has played a critical role in mobilizing and securing resources to invest in programs that serve key and vulnerable populations, and is on course to save 22 million lives by the end of 2016.
The first report, Key Populations and the Global Fund: Delivering Key Results, written in partnership with the Free Space Process (FSP) and ICASO, makes the case for why a fully funded Global Fund is critical and how key and vulnerable population networks are central to achieving the results essential to reaching the people most in need and ending the epidemics. We will not succeed if we do not increase service coverage among these groups. This requires engagement, empowerment, and mobilization of communities, which is where networks and organizations of key and vulnerable populations are the most effective leaders, and vital Global Fund partners.
The second report, Investing in the Global Fund: The Cost of Inaction 2016, examines what will happen if governments do not commit the estimated resource levels needed to meet the 2020 and 2030 targets to end the HIV, TB and malaria epidemics. The failure to commit the required resources now will not only undermine the strong progress made to date by the Global Fund, it will increase disease rates and deaths as well as increase costs over time. The failure to fully fund the Global Fund now is the most expensive option in the longer term.
To garner support for these reports and their findings, and help drive momentum toward a fully funded Global Fund, GFAN is encouraging all members and individuals to sign on to our Call to Action, and share it widely! Encourage your partners and local decision makers to express their support for the Global Fund by signing on, and then taking their support online by sharing it on social media. Follow the link to sign on and take part in the social media actions, including adding our campaign Twibbon to your profile pictures!