Publisher: Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board
Lead by the Developing Country NGO Delegation of the Global Fund Board (TGF), the one-day
workshop on Financing for Health in Latin America and the Caribbean: Advocacy Strategies for
Effective Resource Mobilization brought together over 35 participants from 17 countries across
the LAC region. The workshop focused on discussing the importance of advocacy for TGF 5th
Replenishment and possible strategies to ensure effective advocacy.
The workshop was held in anticipation of the 5th replenishment cycle for TGF. At the same time,
the LAC region is preparing for transitions, as many countries are becoming ineligible to receive
GF financing. As such, the success of the upcoming replenishment is extremely important to
support sustainable and properly funded transition processes in the region.
In January, GFAN asked its members to sign on to a petition to protest the Swedish government’s 35% cut to funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2016. With the strong response from members, Swedish advocates were able to use the letter to the Prime Minister as leverage for discussions, articles and op-eds in various national news outlets; it sparked weeks of debate between civil society and the government on the direction Sweden is heading in its support of global health.
While the cuts have not been reinstated, there is hope for a strong return of Sweden to the Global Fund’s next replenishment. These events offer an inspiring case study for all Global Fund advocates when faced with governments who are backtracking or decreasing their commitments to fight the three diseases.
The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN)* acknowledges and thanks the European Commission (EC) for its pledge today to the 5th Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Commission’s pledge of €470 million represents a 27% increase on its pledge to the previ...
OPEN LETTER FROM CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD TO:
His Excellency, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark
At the end of September, world leaders gathered in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, the global goals which will guide the world’s efforts in development through 2030. Under the Health Goals “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” and an explicit sub-goal: “By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases”. All countries agreed to implement this plan and pledged that no one will be left behind. Denmark has played an important role in negotiating the equality-oriented SDGs and is seen as a leader in the AIDS response due to its commitment to human rights.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is withdrawing or reducing its support in upper-middle-income countries with the expectation that these countries can afford to take over their own response. There are concerning signs, however, that many countries are not prepared to adequately finance HIV prevention programming, particularly for key affected populations. Responsible transitions from international to domestic ownership of the HIV response requires political, technical, and financial components to be in place before donors exit.
This brief summarizes key concerns about the impact of the Global Fund’s withdrawal, provides examples from countries that have already experienced funding reductions or withdrawal, and provides considerations for assessing countries’ readiness, willingness, and ability to support HIV prevention for key affected populations.
This report tracks funding levels of the donor governments that collectively provide the bulk of international assistance for AIDS through bilateral programs and contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The analysis finds that donor government funding for HIV in low- and middle-income countries grew by less than 2 percent, totaling US$8.64 billion in 2014. After adjusting for inflation and exchange rate changes, the increase was marginal (1%).