On 18 July 2019, GFAN Africa wrote a letter to The Netherlands, urging them to #stepupthefight. In the letter, GFAN Africa noted with gratitude, that since 2001 until the 5th Replenishment, the Netherlands has contributed significantly towards the global goals to end the epidemics of HIV, TB, and Malaria.
Why the Netherlands?
The Netherlands’ smart, effective health investments through the Global Fund have helped save more than 27 million lives to date. With contributions of more than € 919M as of December 2018, the Netherlands is the 10th largest public donor to the Global Fund. In the last replenishment in 2016, the Netherlands pledged €166M. GFAN Africa asked the Netherlands to increase its pledge for the 6th Replenishment by 15% to ensure that the global goal to end the three epidemics is to be met.
GFAN Africa’s Day of Action for Netherlands
GFAN Africa thanked the Netherlands for its unwavering support of the Global Fund and urged the country to increase its contribution to the 6th Replenishment. The following countries joined in this day of action: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda, Benin, Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Eswatini. After delivering and sending their letters, GFAN Africa engaged with Netherlands on Facebook and Twitter asking the country to #StepUpTheFight
The Global Fund is asking donors to increase their pledge by at least 15% to raise a minimum of US $14 billion. This is the minimum amount necessary to allow countries to get back on track to defeat HIV, TB, and Malaria by 2030, in line with SDG 3 on the health and well-being for all.
With increased investment, in the next three years the Global Fund aims to help avert 234 million infections and save 16 million lives. The Global Fund works not only to fight HIV, TB, and Malaria but helps to build resilient, sustainable, and inclusive health systems to acheive universal health coverage and to reach the SDG 3 goals.
Dutch Advocates appreciated the increased voices from GFAN Africa partners in calling for the Dutch Government to Get Back on Track, Step Up the Fight, and increase its investment in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.