The UK Government has just announced it is committing £1 billion to the 2013-2015 replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and STOPAIDS is calling on its members and supporters to register their support for this decision.
Speaking on behalf of STOPAIDS, Diarmaid McDonald:
“STOPAIDS and our members have been working for many years to secure this commitment which we see as an incredible statement of ambition from the UK Government, and one which the world will celebrate. The UK’s leadership in international development gives the nation the opportunity to achieve some truly historic things, and this commitment to the Global Fund is just that – historic.”
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The pledge of £1bn over the next three years equates to a doubling of the UK contribution to the Global Fund, a collaboration between northern and southern governments, the private sector, NGOs and people affected by the three diseases, which has saved nearly 9 million lives in a decade. However the £1bn pledge will only be delivered in full if the Global Fund achieves its overall replenishment target of $15bn.
The commitment from the UK throws down the gauntlet to other donor countries, like Germany, Australia and Japan to dramatically increase their contributions so the Global Fund can secure the $15bn it says could tip the balance in the three epidemics.
The ambition of the UK commitment matches that shown by the Obama administration, which has pledged $1.65bn for 2014 alone. If the total generated is less than $15bn the UK says it will give 10% of the total number pledged.
The UK’s pledge of £1 billion over three years will
- lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for 750,000 people living with HIV
- 32 million more insecticide-treated nets to prevent the transmission of malaria
- TB treatment for over a million more people
Diarmaid McDonald continues:
“This pledge puts us on the path to securing the investment we need to finally bringing AIDS under control. It will help save the lives of millions including women and girls, and with time will pay for itself through the release of billions of pounds in increased economic productivity and averted costs.
“By building on the successes we’ve had to date, scaling up the latest, smartest interventions, we have an opportunity to tip the balance in the AIDS, TB and malaria epidemics. But that opportunity won’t last forever – delay and the numbers affected will creep up and the ambition to control the epidemics will be put back out of reach. The UK is doing its bit to ensure this opportunity is grasped – the rest of the world must follow.”
A moment to cherish for all of you who have been working so hard to secure this commitment. Please make a noise!
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