The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are gearing up for their 6th replenishment in Lyon, France right now. They’re calling on governments around the world to help them meet their funding goal to help save an additional 16 million lives.
We know global health is good for everyone, so we pulled out all the stops and launched a campaign targeting leaders in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, the EU, Italy and the Netherlands to help the Global Fund meet their critical goal.
Since the launch of our campaign in February, ONE members, volunteers and staff around the world have gathered petition signatures, attended lobby days, advocated at festivals, talked to the public, worked side by side with partner organisations, visited embassies, written letters to the editor, and sent countless emails, tweets and messages to ministers and heads of state.
Finally, after 7+ months of ceaseless campaigning, we’re excited that a number of governments have made bold commitments to #StepUpTheFight against AIDS, TB and malaria. But, we still have work to do to make sure the Global Fund reach their replenishment goal.
Here’s how it’s all gone down and what’s up next:
Ireland was one of the first countries to pledge to the Global Fund! They led the way by increasing their contribution amount by an incredible 50%, which will help to avert 850,000 new cases of HIV, TB and malaria.
Following dedicated months of campaigning in the UK, the government announced a bold pledge of £1.4 billion. This pledge will help save 2 million lives by providing funding for antiretroviral therapy, tuberculosis care and treatment, and mosquito nets to prevent malaria.
Angela Merkel made Germany’s pledge announcement in Biarritz at the G7 Summit, dedicating €1 billion to the next replenishment period. This pledge will make a huge difference in the fight against preventable diseases.
Team Canada closed a hard fought campaign in August with a big WIN for the Global Fund! Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Gender Equality, announced an almost 16% increase to Canada’s contribution to the Global Fund — a total of $930M. Canada’s support will help save 790,000 lives, treat 940,000 more people for TB, distribute 37 million more malaria-preventing bed nets and get 1.3 million more people on antiretroviral therapy.
From Biarritz, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a 15% increase to Italy’s contribution to the Global Fund! This will help save over 200,000 lives by providing life-saving therapy for over 335,000 people living with HIV, treatment for over 235,000 people suffering from tuberculosis and over 9 million bed nets to protect children and families from malaria.
THE EUROPEAN UNION
At the G7 summit in Biarritz, the EU made a political commitment to allocate €550 million to the Global Fund! This pledge will help to save 720,000 lives. This was made possible thanks to the joint effort of ONE Youth Ambassadors in Belgium, ONE members and partners.
WHO ELSE HAS PLEDGED?
To date, Portugal, Luxembourg, India, Japan, Switzerland, and Spain have all made pledges to the Global Fund’s 6th replenishment.