This week in The Hague, the major donors for both the Global Fund and GAVI have come together to discuss the impact to-date and financial needs of both mechanisms. Josh Lozman and I—part of ONE’s health policy team—are here to listen, learn, and provide support as donors consider their respective contributions in the years ahead. In anticipation of these meetings, both mechanisms have released new data demonstrating just how impactful they have been. The Global Fund has funded impressive programs in 140 countries that has provided antiretroviral treatment for 2.5 million people with HIV, DOTS treatment for 6 million patients with TB, and 104 million insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families from malaria. GAVI has made major strides in aggregating demand for vaccines and driving down vaccine prices, and has saved an estimated 5.4 million children’s lives.
These results have come in partnership with national governments and local groups across the developing world, but also through the significant investments made by donor countries. 2010 marks a critical year for both mechanisms as they look to secure new commitments from donors to both continue and advance their critical work around infectious disease and maternal and child health; the Global Fund enters into this replenishment period (during which donors will make pledges for funding to the Global Fund over the next three years) having projected a need of roughly $17-20 billion, and GAVI estimates that it needs an additional $4.3 billion by 2015. In a time of intense fiscal restraint, these numbers are worthy but massive, and so as advocates we have our work cut out for us as we encourage donors to contribute their fair share.
In our first day here, we’ve been able to participate in a pre-replenishment meeting of civil society organizations focused on the Global Fund, and it’s been fascinating to hear the perspectives of groups from all over the world. While there is a lot on which we don’t agree, there is also a sense of great potential if we can harness the collective energy and core competencies of these groups to push our members and governments toward a common purpose—fully funding the Global Fund.
Stay tuned this week as we send you updates from each day of the meeting—tomorrow’s focus will be specifically on the Global Fund, Thursday will focus on a unique joint Global Fund/GAVI session, and Friday will focus on GAVI and will suggest what we’ve learned and how to move it forward as ONE in the remainder of the year.
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