Communities affected by HIV, TB and malaria call for Global Fund to be fully funded

The Communities Delegation on the Board to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+) released a video today as part of the Global Day of Action activities, highlighting the effectiveness and achievements of the Global Fund.

The group, which is comprised of people around the world who have been personally affected by the three diseases, is calling for donors to commit $20 billion at the Global Fund’s Replenishment meeting next week and point out that this is a “miniscule” amount of money when compared to spending on military causes and bank bail outs.

The Millennium Development Goals Summit concluded 22nd September 2010 with World Leaders reaffirming their commitment to achieving the 8 anti-poverty goals by the 2015 deadline.  Although commending commitments made at the Summit to significantly increase investment in maternal and child health; health and HIV/AIDS advocates around the world are asking “will this be another example of all words, little action?”.

They say that recent history shows these concerns are well founded. The same governments promised that by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS will be available for all those who need it. Three months to the end of 2010, achieving this goal remains far off, a detail that seems to have been forgotten by many leaders as they offer up more promises.

World leaders will very soon have the opportunity to put words into action. They will again gather in New York on the 4th and 5th October 2010 to announce their funding commitments for the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2011 – 2013.

“Global Leaders need to step up to their plate and demonstrate leadership and accountability in ensuring HIV, tuberculosis and malaria are addressed through the most innovative financing mechanism that has produced country-led responses and with standards of partnership with civil society and affected populations,” Shiba Phurailatpam, APN+ Regional Coordinator says.  “We have produced this video to raise awareness about the urgent need for these leaders to keep their promises and to stop using the global financial crisis as an excuse to retreat from funding commitments.”

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