The EU must do Whatever It Takes to End HIV, TB and malaria

The EU must do Whatever It Takes to End HIV, TB and malaria

In September 2022, the Global Fund will hold its Replenishment Conference in the United States. The Fund seeks to raise a minimum of USD 18 billion to put the world back on track toward ending AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, to strengthen health systems and prepare the world for future pandemics. Building on its historic partnership with the Global Fund, in a context where COVID-19 has derailed the fight against the three diseases, the EC must do Whatever It Takes to protect everyone, everywhere from the deadliest epidemics and pledge €715 million to the Global Fund

20 years of success

20 years ago, AIDS, TB and malaria claimed millions of lives. An HIV-positive diagnosis was a death sentence, TB was spinning out of control and malaria mortality grew rapidly. The epidemics were ravaging entire communities, especially in Africa, and were increasingly seen as threats to socio-economic development and political stability. The world responded by creating the Global Fund. For the last 20 years, donors, governments, communities, civil society, health workers and experts have been working together to stop the three diseases in their tracks.

And it was a success. 

The Global Fund has saved 44 million lives since its creation, empowered communities, and given life prospects to people who would have otherwise been left behind. Tremendous progress was made as the Global Fund pushed the boundaries on how the world tackles infectious diseases.

This was made possible thanks to the Fund’s innovative partnership model; its investments in health systems strengthening alongside HIV, TB and malaria interventions; the critical – and at its inception, ground-breaking – leadership and involvement of affected communities at all levels of the decision-making process; its commitment to advancing human rights and gender equality; and its co-financing policy that stimulates domestic investments in health for long-term sustainable programmes.

The EU must do #WhateverItTakes

The Global Fund’s story wouldn’t have been a success without the support of the European Commission (EC). As we show in our paper “The European Commission and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria”,  the EC has been instrumental in the creation, the strategic steering and the financial growth of the Global Fund.

The 20 years of partnership between the EC and the Global Fund are now more vital than ever. For the first time in 20 years, because of COVID-19, the world lost ground in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. This setback has prompted the Global Fund to release its most ambitious Investment Case to date: USD 18 billion represents a 30% increase compared to the previous replenishment campaign. Yet, a fully-funded Global Fund would leave an estimated USD 28 billion resource gap to fight the three diseases, which is why Aidsfonds has called on all donors to see this target as a bare minimum, and increase their pledges by at least 30% and ensure a successful 7th Replenishment. 

More critically than ever, the European Commission must rise to the challenge and do #WhateverItTakes to protect lives, end HIV, TB and malaria, advance health equity, and protect everyone, everywhere from the deadliest infectious diseases. Today, this means pledging €715 million to the Global Fund. 

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Friends of the Global Fund Europe, Global Health Advocates and Aidsfonds collaborate to end HIV, TB and malaria by 2030. They work together on the #WhateverItTakes campaign that strives for a successful Global Fund replenishment in 2022 through a robust pledge by the European Commission.

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