UNAIDS has called for financial support for the Global Fund
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) announced the launch of the investment program "Sixth Replenishment" in the three-year funding cycle. UNAIDS has encouraged donors to support the fund.
GF representatives previously published open access to consolidated information about their Sixth Replenishment investment program, calling for $ 14 billion to help save 16 million lives through the implementation of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programs. According to Global Fund estimates, this will reduce the death rate from three diseases by half. Funding will also go towards building stronger health systems.
“In July 2018, UNAIDS raised the alarm - the resources allocated to the fight against AIDS do not meet the commitments agreed upon by states, and the annual deficit is $ 5 billion,” said Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS.
“I welcome the Global Fund’s call to mobilize at least $ 14 billion to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria over the next three years, and I urge donors and regional partners to go even further to meet global investment targets of $ 26.2 billion for the AIDS response by 2020 since it is a major public health concern. I am confident that French President Emmanuel Macron and his partners will provide full funding for the Global Fund and will maintain a high bar for raising additional funds. ”
Investing in the Global Fund is vital. To date, the organization estimates that its funds have provided access to HIV treatment for 17.5 million people living with HIV. The Foundation also supports access to therapy and testing for key and marginalized groups, HIV prevention, and programs for adolescents and young women and girls.
According to a UNAIDS statement, the organization will continue to strengthen its long-established partnerships with the Global Fund to maximize the effect of investment, accelerate measures targeting people living with HIV, and eliminate AIDS as a threat to public health.
A detailed Global Fund Sixth Replenishment investment plan will be presented at the Preparatory Meeting in New Delhi on February 8.