The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has been possibly the most important initiative to improve global health ever undertaken. Never before have so many nations come together for a joint undertaking with such grand ambitions for global health and the Fund has not disappointed.
Since its creation in 2002 the Fund has contributed to supporting 2.5 million more people on life saving ARVs, detected and treated over 6 million cases of TB and have distributed over 104 million insecticide treated malaria bednets.
However, despite its fantastic track record, its transparency, accountability and huge importance in reaching the MDGs, the Fund is in crisis. Largely due to donors failing to meet their existing funding commitments, the Global Fund has canceled its 11th Round of funding applications, leaving thousands of lives at risk.
The UK government has repeatedly pledged to give more money to the Fund, indeed Andrew Mitchell recently said the UK will double its contribution. What we don’t know is when. This month we are calling on the UK government to set a date for a replenishment, in order for civil society to support such an effort as fully as possible, Click here to find out more and take action.