USA Commits $4.68 Billion Dollars To Fight HIV, TB, and Malaria
The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes new funding commitments made at the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference.
These pledges announced on October 10, 2019, amount to $14.02 Billion over 3-years.
The United States Congress signaled its ongoing support with $1.56 billion a year, (2020-2022) maintaining a 33 percent portion of all contributions.
This renewed financial commitment to replenish the Global Fund will mean that over 110 affected countries will receive critical financial support enabling them to scale up infectious disease responses, to fight back against drug resistance, and other threats.
The targeted conditions are Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria.
“I welcome the commitment made by so many donors to fully finance the Global Fund. This is critical to provide individuals and communities with the health interventions they need to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and to build better and stronger health systems,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, in a related press release.
The WHO and the Global Fund have worked closely together since the Global Fund was set up in 2002 to help countries establish and sustain nationally-driven programs to fight HIV, TB, and malaria. It provides vitally needed funding, while WHO supplies technical expertise and guidance at both global and country levels.
Health programs supported by the Global Fund have saved more than 32 million lives since its inception in 2002 and provided prevention, treatment and care services to hundreds of millions of people.
Although HIV, TB, and malaria are all preventable and treatable diseases, they continue to kill more than 2.6 million people each year, says the WHO.
Despite a global commitment made in 2016 to “end the epidemics by 2030”, many countries are not on track to meet this goal.
“Everyone in the room today felt the power of a global community coming together to say in one voice: ‘We will end these epidemics’,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund.
Recent WHO reports indicate that progress on malaria has stalled and the decline in HIV and TB cases is not fast enough to meet interim milestones, citing funding shortages as a key challenge.
Dr. Tedros added, “The replenishment of the Global Fund is not just an investment in one organization or three diseases; it’s an investment in our shared vision of a healthier, safer and fairer world.”
“This commitment is a strong statement that the fight against infectious diseases can be won and that our commitment to “end the epidemics” and “leave no one behind” are not empty slogans, said Dr. Tedros.
Peter Sands declared in concluding remarks: “This year, we promised the seven-year-olds of the world that we would end AIDS, TB, and malaria by 2030 – the time they become adults – so they don’t have to.”
“Today’s remarkable demonstration of global solidarity shows that the world is committed to keeping that promise, by working stronger, faster and together.”
“Ending AIDS, TB and malaria is the fight that unites, and thank you to all our many partners for stepping up the fight,” concluded Sands.
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