Later this week, French President Emmanuel Macron will host the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund in Lyon, France. There, donors from around the world will pledge new funding in support of the Global Fund’s goal of helping the world get back on track towards ending AIDS, TB and Malaria.
The importance of a robust replenishment cannot be underestimated. Since 2002, the Global Fund partnership has helped save 32 million lives and contributed to 18.9 million people on antiretroviral therapy for HIV, 5.3 million people with TB treated and 131 million mosquito nets distributed in the countries where the Global Fund invests.
Sustained and predictable financing is critical to ensure these impressive results are sustained and will help to save 16 million more lives, cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, and build stronger health systems by 2023.
The Global Fund makes its money work through strong partnerships at country level. Each partner brings to the table unique expertise and accountability, ensuring that funded programmes reach all vulnerable groups and that investments are effective and efficient.
Funding shortfalls would significantly curtail the Global Fund’s ability to further strengthen these partnerships and tackle high-priority objectives, including reducing gender inequality, mitigating the harmful effects of stigma and ending discrimination.
The International AIDS Society applauds the Government of France for hosting this week’s Replenishment Conference and those donors who have already announced robust funding commitments.
Without these donors, the gains made against the three diseases would be severely slowed down. The International AIDS Society calls on other donors – including the private sector – to stand up for the Global Fund and announce their renewed, strong commitment this week in Lyon.