MONTREAL, 17 September 2016: RESULTS UK is thrilled to welcome the UK Government's global leadership in committing £1.1 billion to the life-saving Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The commitment, announced by International Development Secretary Priti Patel in Montreal at the Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Pledging Conference, will play an essential role in saving 8 million more lives over just the next three years, on top of the 20m lives already saved by the Fund. It will also avert 41 million new infections across the three diseases.
While the UK pledge is lower than the £1.2b called for by civil society and a large cross-party group of UK parliamentarians, it contains two novel components:
A £200 million ‘private sector malaria match’ window, to be matched 2:1 by contributions by the private sector;
10% of the pledge is conditional on the Fund meeting the conditions of a Performance Agreement.
Speaking from the conference in Montreal, Aaron Oxley, Executive Director of RESULTS UK, said:
“Last year the international community came together and agreed the Global Goals that included the target to end the epidemics of AIDS, TB, and malaria by 2030. Today Priti Patel is following through with the first, critical step to fulfil that promise.
The UK public can feel extremely proud of the difference we will make through our contribution to the Global Fund. Millions of lives will be saved as a result.”
In response to the announcement of the private sector matched funding window, Mr Oxley said:
“Over the last replenishment cycle there were over $2 billion worth of high quality programmes that were ready to save lives but not able to be funded. Bringing new donors to the table is essential, and we share DFID’s hope that this matching fund will do that.”
In response to the announcement that some of the UK pledge will be conditional on the Global Fund meeting the conditions of the Performance Agreement, Mr Oxley said:
“The UK is asking the Fund to maintain and accelerate their ongoing processes of continual improvement. All studies of the Fund show it to be one of the best organisations in the world: disbursements are already performance-based and it ranks alongside DFID as one of the top five most transparent donors in the world. The conditions in this performance agreement need careful scrutiny.”
Created in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is the principal international financing institution working towards the end of the epidemics. To date, its investments have saved 20 million lives and led to a one-third decline in deaths from the three diseases in countries where it invests.
“Funding from the Global Fund is especially important for the fight against tuberculosis, the world’s deadliest infectious disease. The Global Fund provides 75% of all international finance to end TB. Put simply, without the Global Fund, there wouldn’t be an international response.” added Mr Oxley.
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