In the run up to the Global Fund replenishment conference in autumn, advocates around the world are calling on their governments to make ambitious pledges towards efforts to eradicate AIDS, TB and malaria, to help save 20 million lives. The challenges of advocating for the Global Fund to reach its target of $18 billion are overshadowed by the challenges we face globally in eradicating these three diseases, alongside tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are many reasons why the UK and other donors should pledge ambitiously. The Global Fund works in an effective, transparent and tried and tested way, driven by community-led programming. It also provides the majority of all international financing for efforts to eradicate TB, the second most deadly disease in the world, and has supported countries like Bangladesh to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic at the same time as diagnosing, treating and supporting people with TB. You can read more about how this work helped Asad and his family (who feature in the photo) here.
This month, we’re continuing our advocacy to call on the UK to pledge £1.8 billion for the period 2023-2025. If you’ve already met with your MP to discuss the Global Fund and its part in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria, thank you! This month, consider if there is more you could do to gain support from your MP, raise awareness of the Global Fund on social media, or ask friends and family to take action.
If you have been unable to meet with your MP, no problem! It’s still a crucial time to raise the issue and push for support. This month, try to arrange a meeting with your MP, requesting that they write to the Foreign Secretary or the Chancellor, asking for a substantial financial pledge to the Global Fund. You may find our campaign guide on ‘How to hold a successful meeting with your MP’ useful.
Check out the May action sheet for more information on why a UK pledge to the Global Fund is so important, arguments that may help you engage with your MP, and further ideas for taking action.
Our campaign guide on the Global Fund also contains more information on the life-saving work of the organisation and the countries and communities it works with.