Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) Africa, Africa Civil Society Platform on Health and partners penned a letter to Minister Ploumen of the Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation acknowledging the leadership role played by the Dutch government in sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV efforts over the years, noting their concern of the serious implications of decreasing funding levels and calling upon the Netherlands’ continued leadership through the upcoming Global Fund replenishment.
We, representatives of Africa Civil Society Organizations, are greatly inspired by The Netherlands, which has been a proven leader in the fight against HIV. The Netherlands and its investments in sexual and reproductive health rights and HIV, has greatly contributed in investing strongly to advance the efforts to end AIDS. Last week, thousands of activists, policymakers and researchers gathered for the 21st International AIDS Conference in Dur...
Since 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria estimates that it has saved 17 million lives and is on course to reach 22 million lives saved by the end of 2016.
The opportunities for continued and greater progress are many. The Global Fund is now engaged in its Fifth Replenishment process and has set a goal of raising a minimum USD$13 billion to meet its targets over the coming three years. In preparation for the Replenishment, the Global Fund developed an Investment Case that describes those targets, what can be accomplished if the targets are met and what the costs would be.
The focus of this document is to examine the cost of inaction 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 Fun...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today ahead of an event on youth and global health that Canada will pledge $785 million to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and host its Fifth Replenishment Pledging Conference on 16 September 2016 in Montreal. Canada’s pledge has increased by 20% from the Fourth Replenishment. This is the first time Canada will host a Global Fund meeting and will be the first major international conference held in Canada under the new government.
The Global Fund is a partnership of governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases and it currently raises and invests nearly USD$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need. Between 2000 and 2014, in countries supported by the Global Fund, the number of HIV infections declined by 36%, the number of deaths from TB declined 29% and the number of deaths caused by malaria declined 48%. T...
Attendees celebrate the Dutch Postcode Lottery donation to the Global Fund
Over 60 advocates and partners were invited to attend this year’s annual GFAN strategy meeting in Amsterdam from 26-28 January 2016. Representatives were present from key donor country advocacy organizations, including grantees of the New Venture Fund for Global Fund Advocacy, GFAN’s Steering Committee, GFAN’s regional hubs in Africa and Asia-Pacific, Global Fund Board civil society delegations, grantors and the Global Fund Secretariat and its technical partners.
During the first day of this three day meeting, discussions focused on the recent global plans and strategies for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, including their impact on the Global Fund replenishment, and the highlights of and how to use the Global Fund’s Investment Case. Christoph Benn, Director of External Affairs at the Global Fund, presented the top-line messages from the Investment Case replenishment target and provi...
Below is an open letter sent on 15 October 2015 to the Board and Executive Director of the Global Fund. Signed by more than 270 civil society organisations from all over the world , it calls on the Global Fund to commit to an ambitious funding request for the 5th Replenishment to accelerate the end of the epidemics by 2030.
Mark Dybul responded soon after the letter was received, saying:
Thanks very much. We appreciate the commitment of all those who signed to an ambitious global effort to end the epidemics and, in particular, your support of the global fund. The office of board affairs will share your letter with the board leadership and request approval to share it with the board and constituencies as you have suggested.
The full letter and signatories are below.
Subject: Funding target of the 5th Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria