Over the past 10 years, the UK Government, using money raised through taxation, has giving over £1 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.That support has enabled the Global Fund to support over 1000 programs in 151 countries. As a direct result of our investment, the Global Fund has provided lifesaving AIDS medication for 3.6 million people, TB treatment for 9.3 million people and distributing more than 270 million insecticide-treated bed nets for the prevention of Malaria, saving 8.2 million lives in the process.As UK tax payers, we should all be proud of that achievement.
But 8.2 million is a large number, one it’s very difficult to get our heads around. What speaks to us is the individual stories that make up that number…..the lives, families and communities that 8.2 million translates to.And for us, those stories are the most powerful examples of the absolute necessity that the UK continues to fully support the Global Fund as it heads towards replenishment. This month we will be telling the stories of the people that the Global Fund has enabled to live healthy, productive, happy lives. We’ll be telling them to our MPs and telling them to DFID and showing the world how proud we are that we can help people in every corner of the globe with our tax money.
And we’ll be using them to call, firmly and finally, for the UK to step up and fully Fund the Global Fund, so that we have another 8.2 million stories to tell.