Yesterday, ONE met with European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs at the European Union Commission in Brussels, Belgium to deliver the names of the 153,328 ONE members who want world leaders to step up their support for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Along with the signatures, we handed Commissioner Piebalgs a stack of letters and personal messages that ONE volunteers wrote to him during our meet-up in ONE’s Brussels headquarters.
A staggering 99 percent of people who die from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis live in the developing world. Just a decade ago, these diseases were raging out of control, killing more than 4 million people every day. Today the situation is changing. Since 2002, programs supported by the Global Fund have saved an estimated 8.7 million lives in 151 countries.
The Global Fund is currently asking donors to pledge new contributions for the next three years, so that it can continue its important work. Many more lives could be saved if enough financing is secured. We now have an historic opportunity in our hands: the chance to beat these killer diseases. We just cannot let it slip.
The European Union has shown a solid record in helping countries fighting against extreme poverty and preventable disease. The European Union currently invests €110 million per year to the Global Fund. Now is the time to scale up our efforts to fight these three diseases to €150 million per year.
We at ONE believe that we can be the generation to see this fight won. Three diseases beaten. Millions of lives saved.
On December 3rd we will know if leaders have risen to the occasion. The Commissioner was delighted to receive messages from ONE members about the importance of the Fund – so thank you to everyone who came to our meet-up and got creative, and to those that posted contributions to us!
If you haven’t already, you can still sign our petition and help us urge the EU and other donors to seize this moment and help achieve a historic success.