The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria hosted their sixth replenishment in early October. Throughout the year, they called on governments around the world to help them meet their funding goal of US$14 billion to help save an additional 16 million lives.
Despite competing priorities and sluggish economies, 58 countries united together to help the Global Fund meet their replenishment goal in “an unprecedented show of global solidarity.” It was the largest replenishment of a multilateral health organisation in history. We’re proud to say that ONE and all of our incredible supporters were part of the efforts to achieve this goal.
— Peter Sands (@PeterASands) October 11, 2019
(Want to know exactly what we did to help the Global Fund secure US$14 billion in pledges? Hear from our staff around the world.)
This is how it all went down:
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.
ONE put together a radical, unprecedented strategy to encourage a bipartisan congressional delegation to go to Lyon and pledge — and they pulled it off, resulting in $1.38 billion more pledged by Congress than what would have been pledged by the Trump Administration. Our members took 52,167 actions to convince 289 congressional members to go on the record in support of the Global Fund, and the U.S. pledged $1.56 billion a year for three years, for a 15.5% increase.
24 African countries pledged a combined US$76.26 million to the Global Fund, with Nigeria and South Africa raising the largest pledges. By contributing to the fund, African leaders show that investing in health is a top priority and encourage other states to contribute more to the fund.
“I will not let anyone leave this room, or Lyon, until the $14 billion is reached!” This is how French host, President Emmanuel Macron, closed his rousing speech at the opening of the Global Fund’s 6th Replenishment Conference. After much suspense, he ended the official pledging session hours later by announcing a 20% increase of France’s contribution to the Global Fund — raising it to a total of €1.296 billion.