Last week, the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria announced that it would no longer be disbursing its 11th round of funding due to insufficient liquidity as a result of donors failing to meet funding pledges.
The Global Fund is the single largest financier of anti-AIDS, TB and Malaria programs worldwide. It is also hugely successful with a proven track record for delivering results on the ground -through their AIDS programs alone they have saved an estimated 6 million lives since 2002.
However, partly due to this success and partly due to the global economic downturn, funding for the Global Fund has been declining since 2008, and last week they took the unprecedented decision to cancel Round 11. This will have disastrous consequences for countries all over the developing world and is likely to lead to the deaths of thousands -if not millions- of people. This month we are taking action to ask to the UK government to show public support for the Global Fund by announcing a funding pledge.