5 December 2013
Shawn Clackett

Friends Organizations Applaud the Successful Fourth Voluntary Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Despite Challenging Economic Climate, Donor Pledges Increased by 30%

Washington, D.C., December 3, 2013 — Today, international donors committed US$ 12 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its Fourth Voluntary Replenishment meeting. This amount, which will provide funding for 2014 through 2016, represents a 30% increase over hard commitments made at the previous replenishment conference in 2010. As global advocates for the organization, Friends of the Fund Africa, Europe and Japan; Pacific Friends of the Global Fund; and Friends of the Global Fight in the United States want to applaud this significant milestone.

“This is an enormous success by any measure,” said Laurent Vigier, President of Friends of the Global Fund Europe. “But particularly in a time of constrained economies, the collaboration and generosity demonstrated by donor countries is a recognition of the tremendous work of the Global Fund and its ability to help turn the tide against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.”

Every three years, countries from around the world gather to make financial pledges to continue the fight against the three diseases. This year’s meeting not only brought donor governments to the table, but also demonstrated the shared support and accountability of the broader international community.

“This mobilization of resources is truly a collective effort,” said Deb Derrick, President of U.S.-based Friends of the Global Fight. “In addition to the generosity of traditional donor governments, significant efforts by civil society organizations, communities, emerging economies, the private sector and implementing countries themselves all contributed to these results.”

“The Global Fund was designed to pursue its mission through a partnership model, and its gradual success at turning the tide for the three diseases is supported by a galvanized effort of all the above mentioned stakeholders. The role of public health advocates in achieving the objectives of the Global Fund cannot be over emphasized and we, the Friends organizations around the world, are proud to play a part in today’s collective success” continued Dr Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba CEO and Founder of Friends Africa.

The need for continued focus on global health is critical. Recent scientific developments, combined with improved epidemiology and a decade of implementation experience, present a unique opportunity to contain and ultimately defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Investments in the three diseases also serve as a platform for addressing the broader health of individuals.

“The Global Fund delivers the majority of international funding for tuberculosis and provides more than 50 percent of international funding for malaria and more than 20 percent for global AIDS relief,” said Wendy McCarthy, Chair of Pacific Friend of the Global Fund. “It is the best instrument we have to defeat these three deadly epidemics. Today’s announcement helps ensure that the work of the organization—helping to save more than 100,000 lives a month—will continue in the years to come.”

But today’s efforts are not the end rather they mark a beginning to a rolling, three-year resource mobilization effort.

“Over the next three years, the Friends organizations and the broader advocacy community will work together with the Global Fund to ensure the necessary resources are in place and used effectively,” said Ken Shibusawa, Director of Friends of the Global Fund Japan. “Together, we can work toward defeating these three diseases.”

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