Dutch civil society calls upon increase of Dutch commitment to Global Fund

Dutch civil society calls upon increase of Dutch commitment to Global Fund

Today, Aidsfonds and 10 other Dutch civil society organizations* called upon the Dutch Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, to increase the Dutch commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In a letter the organisations jointly urge for a 20 per cent increase of the Dutch contribution ahead of the 2019 Replenishment conference taking place on October 10th in Lyon, France.  

The Global Fund needs  $14 billion to continue its life-saving work for the next three years. If the Fund meets this goal, it could help save 16 million lives between 2021-2023 worldwide.

The Netherlands is one of the key donors of the Global Fund since its enactment in 2002. Bringing together civil society, private sector, governments and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund operates in over 100 countries. As member of the Board of the Global Fund, the Dutch government can contribute and co-shape the course of the Global Fund to end the epidemics by 2030. 

Therefore the 11 organisations underscore the urgent need for not only a continuation in support of the Global Fund, but to increase the pledge by 20 per cent for the upcoming 6th Replenishment. This means a total Dutch commitment of 200 million euros for the period 2020-2022.  

The urgent need for Dutch support for marginalized groups and delicate theme’s is ever more crucial. Aidsfonds and the co-signing civil society organizations hope the minister acknowledges this need and backs it by the necessary financial support .

Download the letter to Minister Sigrid Kaag (in Dutch)

*Aidsfonds, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, AFEW International, Cordaid, International Civil Society Support, Mainline, PSI, The ONE Campaign, Hivos, Wemos and Rutgers.

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