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Take Action and Sign On: Global Advocates letter to Italian PM Conte |

Italian advocates from Network italiano Salute Globale  and ACTION global health advocacy partnership are requesting global partners to add their signature to the letter below to the Italian Prime Minister.  The letter highlights the critical need for investment in the Global Fund and calls for a 15% increase to the Italian contribution.  

Please fill out the following form to add your signature to the letter.  

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The Letter: 

Dear Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, 

We are writing you on behalf of the undersigned civil society organizations, to request your support for global health and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria because we know of your deep personal commitment to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Several events in 2019 present critical moments to push the agenda for access to health in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages (SDG 3) The G7 in France will follow the lead of  the G20 in Japan with an important global health agenda. The first-ever UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) will be held on 23rd September and the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is planned to take place on 10th October.

Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has had an important, positive impact on global health,  helping save more than 27 million lives. Today, we have a real opportunity to end HIV, TB and malaria as epidemics by 2030, as committed to in the 2030 Agenda, but we have to step up the pace. The Global Fund seeks to raise at its Sixth Replenishment Conference at least US$14 billion to help save 16 million lives, avert 234 million infections and help the world get back on track to end these diseases.

Political leadership is key. Your political leadership is key. Italy has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund from the outset, playing a major role in Global Fund’s creation at the G8 Summit in Genoa in 2001 and hosting the first meeting of donors to replenish the Global Fund’s resources in Rome in 2005. Italy is the ninth largest public donor of the Global Fund, contributing a total of  €971.09 million to date. At the last Global Fund Replenishment in 2016 Italy increased its contribution by 40%, from €100 to €140 million.

We write to ask you to increase the Italian contribution by 15% at the October Global Fund Replenishment. This request is in line with the global increase the Global Fund has set out in its Investment Case to fight AIDS, TB and malaria. Such an increase, would galvanize support from other donors and would be a very significant sign of Italy’s determination to keep its leadership role in global health and the fight against poverty.

Sincerely yours,

Stefania Burbo – Network italiano Salute Globalea
Francesca Belli – ACTION global health advocacy partnership

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