The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria released its 2018 Results Report yesterday. The report revealed that the Global Fund partnership has saved 27 million lives since its formation in 2002. These results are proof of what can be achieved through global cooperation and effective international development assistance. The Global Fund has also supported:
- 17.5 million people to access antiretroviral therapy for HIV in 2017
- 5 million people to be treated for TB in 2017
- 197 million mosquito nets to distributed to prevent malaria in 2017
The UK is one of the founding donors of the Global Fund and continues to be a leading contributor, pledging an impressive £1.1bn in 2016. Every UK tax-payer has contributed to the UK’s ability to finance life saving programmes through the Global Fund and so every tax payer is responsible for a proportion of the 27 million lives saved. As we celebrate these impressive results we want to acknowledge the important contribution individual UK citizens have played. So we’ve created this new interactive tool so you can find out how many lives your constituency has saved.
The UK’s contribution to the Global Fund is leading to healthier people and healthier countries. Our investments in the HIV, TB and Malaria responses are also having the knock on effect of strengthening national health systems as a whole. These investments are building the capacity of countries to tackle future global health crises independently. Building stronger health systems internationally will stop epidemics before they start, making the world a healthier and safer place including for UK citizens.
Although the Global Fund’s results report is cause for celebration, significant challenges remain as we work towards ending AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030. GFAN‘s recent report ‘Get Back On Track‘ highlights worrying evidence of some of these challenges.
The Global Fund is the leading multilateral organization investing in the 3 epidemics. As the Global Fund’s 6th Replenishment approaches in 2019, it is vital that donors step up and mobilise the necessary funds to fight these killer diseases over the next three years and help end them by 2030.
- Find out how many lives your constituency has saved
- Read the full Global Fund 2018 Results Report here
Karris Hamilton, Office Coordinator