The UK Presidency of the G7 and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria – An Opportunity Not to be Missed
Since the creation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) in 2002, nearly 20 years ago, the UK has been a leading donor and partner. In this time the Global Fund has showcased what is possible when governments, civil society and private sector stakeholders come together to achieve progress.
The Global Fund has helped save 38 million lives and battled the epidemics of the three diseases forcefully. The UK’s contributions over this time, alongside those of many other G7 donors and others, have fuelled the Global Fund to take on the huge task of accelerating the end of AIDS, TB and malaria, yielding incredible results.
With the advent of COVID-19 everything the Global Fund has fought for is at risk, and deaths caused by AIDS, TB and malaria are likely to increase substantially as a result of indirect impacts of the pandemic. We cannot neglect the three diseases to tackle COVID-19, we must recognise that this is now one and the same fight.
The UK, as a leading donor and founding member of the Global Fund partnership must therefore leverage its Presidency of the 2021 G7 to ensure that the Global Fund is supported to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the three diseases and play its vital role in the global COVID-19 response. This opportunity cannot be missed.
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