Yesterday, campaigners in the UK joined a global Valentine’s Day campaign to show their appreciation for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and to ask donors to be bold and ambitious at the forthcoming replenishment conference later this year.
With a red heart balloon in hand, RESULTS grassroots campaigner, Richard, was joined by our friends from STOPAIDS, ONE and Malaria No More to deliver a letter to International Development Minister Alistair Burt at the UK Department for International Development.
Advocates from Malaria No More, STOPAIDS, ONE and RESULTS UK visiting the UK Department for International Development.
Thanks in no small part to the UK’s £1.2 billion investment over the last three years, the Global Fund has helped to save the lives of 27 million people around the world. Working with partners around the world, the Global Fund continues to build sustainable health systems, promote human rights and advance gender equality every day.
The letter is part of a global action, with advocates in over 45 countries joining forces to show their appreciation to donor governments’ continuous support for the Global Fund.
Advocates delivered the letter to Minister Alastair Burt at the Department for International Development.
This year, the Global Fund embarks on its sixth replenishment to fund the next cycle of programmes. It aims to raise at least $14 billion to help save 16 million lives and cut the mortality rate from AIDS, TB and malaria in half.
Last September, world leaders committed to finding and treating 40 million people with TB by 2022. As the single biggest source of international financing for TB programmes globally, a successful replenishment will be absolutely integral to finding the millions of people with TB who are currently missed by health systems each year.
The replenishment conference will take place on 10 October 2019 in Lyon, France. With the UK’s only investment in TB programmes globally being through the Global Fund, an ambitious UK pledge will be central to the UK delivering on both the UN High-Level Meeting on TB political declaration and the Sustainable Development Goals.