An Early Day Motion (EDM) was tabled in Parliament yesterday calling for the government to reaffirm its leadership on fighting diseases of poverty and to ensure that the Global Fund Replenishment conference this autumn is a success.
EDMs are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few EDMs are actually debated. Instead, they are used for reasons such as publicising the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.
The more MPs that sign on to the motion, the more the government will take notice. With the Global Fund replenishment meeting taking place in just three months, it is crucial that the UK both increases its support to the Fund and also presses other donor governments to do the same.
Please take two minutes to contact your MP and ask them to sign on to EDM number 532 which reads:
That this House applauds the Government’s commitments to protect funding for the Department for International Development, improve infant, child and maternal health, tackle diseases and contribute to the Millennium Development Goals; recognises the important contribution of the last Government to the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria in terms of leadership and finance; believes that the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria which has saved over five million lives is an effective and transparent mechanism for fighting disease as well as strengthening developing countries’ health systems; notes that it out-performs other multi-lateral organisations in this respect; particularly recognises its important role in promoting infant, child and maternal health; and calls on the Government to reaffirm its global leadership, set an example to encourage other contributing nations and make an appropriate offer to the Global Fund at the vital replenishment meetings this autumn.
On our conference call earlier this month, we heard about the amazing impact that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has had on addressing the three diseases as well as strengthening health systems around the world. We also learnt that the Fund has been a victim of its own success as demand for resources has overtaken donor contributions. Click here to find out more.