The July action pack is now available on the RESULTS UK website.
As one of the most effective bodies funding health in the developing world, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is facing a funding crisis. It is currently going through a ‘replenishment’ process designed to raise funds from donors for the next three years (2011-2013). Estimates for what is needed simply to continue current funding and scale up well-performing programmes range from $13 to $20 billion. World leaders will convene later this year to discuss replenishment and we will be calling on the UK government to strongly commit to funding this important development institution.
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) and NGO representative on the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. An international expert and spokesperson on global poverty issues, Joanne works closely with the World Health Organization, the Global Fund, and other international organizations.
The UK has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund in the past, pledging £1.36 billion between 2001 and 2015. However, the need is greater still, and if the UK is serious about supporting transparent, effective aid it should put this into practice by stepping up its funding commitment to the Global Fund.
For this month’s action, we are asking you to write directly to Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell MP, to ask him to commit to increasing UK contributions to the Global Fund to meet its ‘fair share’ of £840 million. Additionally, we will ask him push other donor countries to follow suit and to invest in this effective, results-driven organisation.
Since the creation of the Fund in 2002, an estimated 5.7 million lives have been saved, thousands of new infections have been prevented and vulnerable groups such as orphans have been supported. By June 2010, Global Fund supported programmes provided antiretroviral therapy to 2.8 million people, treated 7 million new smear-positive tuberculosis cases and distributed 122 million insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria. Because of the Global Fund’s extensive reach and successes, the future of global health is closely related to the funding of the Global Fund. It is therefore vital that the UK and other donor countries commit to replenishing the Global Fund so it can continue its proven record of success in the fight against diseases of poverty.