7 March 2014
Shawn Clackett

Global Fund Board Moves Forward on New Funding Model

7 March 2014 News Release

Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund

“We are moving forward with a model that will enable our partners to reach more people with the information and services they need,” said Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund.

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Board of the Global Fund approved strategic, financial and operational components of a new approach to funding that offers more predictability, more flexibility, more inclusive country dialogue and a greater impact to defeat AIDS, TB and malaria.

At a meeting that concluded today, the Board approved final elements of the new funding model, opening the way for its full implementation to begin this month. Following a decision in November 2011 to “evolve the funding model,” the Board, its Committees and Global Fund staff have spent more than two years devising, refining and preparing a transition to the new funding model, coordinating closely with partners on each step.

“We are moving forward with a model that will enable our partners to reach more people with the information and services they need,” said Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund. “Working with partners, we are supporting the most effective methods to defeat AIDS, TB and malaria.”

The Board approved an updated comprehensive funding policy and an initial allocation of $10.2 billion for grants during 2014-2016. Ten percent, or close to US$1 billion, will go to “incentive” funding, to encourage ambitious plans.

With a more strategic approach based on national plans, the new funding model will support countries in planning how to control these epidemics and to provide care and treatment to people affected by them, including strengthening of health systems. The new funding model relies on strong country dialogue to bring partners together to best decide how to maximize impact, and to look at how all available resources can serve a country’s objectives.

Available funding for health interventions does not meet the full demand in many countries. The Global Fund encourages ambitious national strategic plans to defeat HIV, TB and malaria, and is aware that focusing on maximum impact can in the future achieve more than seems possible today. To enable long-term sustainability, the Global Fund is encouraging greater investment and long-term financing in countries all over the world.

The Board also approved a revised disclosure policy for the Office of the Inspector General, building further upon a policy of a high degree of transparency. The revised policy calls for publicly releasing all reports the Office of the Inspector General, including those on internal operations at the Global Fund.

 

For more information please contact:

The Global Fund
Seth Faison
Head of Communications

4 March 2014
Shawn Clackett

Andrew Wilkie MP Joins Fight to End Tuberculosis

Andrew Wilkie MP joined anti-poverty campaigners at Parliament House this week to support the end to one of the world’s deadliest and oldest diseases – tuberculosis.

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Ms Maree Nutt, CEO of Results and Mr Andrew Wilkie MP

Volunteers and staff from RESULTS International (Australia) met with the Independent Member for Denison to discuss several issues including ending the scourge of tuberculosis and improving education in the Asia-Pacific.

RESULTS works closely with federal parliamentarians and their constituents to generate the public and political will to end extreme poverty.

Anti-poverty advocates Maree Nutt, Camilla Ryberg, Sarah Kirk, and Gina Olivieri went into bat for The Global Fund to Fights AIDS, TB & Malaria, asking Mr Wilkie to call on the Abbott Government to make a donation of just $200 million to the lifesaving financial institution.

Over a million people die from tuberculosis each year worldwide, more than half of these deaths occur right on Australia’s doorstep.

Mr Wilkie has been a long-time supporter of the grassroots organisation since 2010 and makes his office and resources available whenever they visit Canberra to champion their causes.

The campaigners also asked Mr Wilkie to write to Treasurer Joe Hockey and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop to get the Government to commit to effective and cost-efficient nutrition and education programs that will build economic resilience in the Asia-Pacific.

Globally, there are still 57 million children not in primary school, with the Asia-Pacific accounting for over half of all the world’s illiterate adults.

Mr Wilkie MP said: “I welcome RESULTS and their campaigning for more Government action to improve our region’s health and prosperity. If the Foreign Affairs Minister wants better value for our aid dollars, she needs to commit to developing a nutrition and education strategy for our foreign aid program and to support the Global Fund even more.

“A more prosperous region means a more prosperous Australia,” Mr Wilkie added.

Maree Nutt, CEO of RESULTS, said: “We are very grateful for Mr Wilkie’s support in the fight against TB and education. With recent cuts to the foreign aid budget we need every MP and Senator in our corner to win this battle.

“Investing in credible organisations like the Global Fund and developing smart, cost-effective strategies to improve education standards, will not only save hundreds of thousands of lives, but it will save us millions of dollars,” Ms Nutt added.

RESULTS staff and volunteers will meet with 18 MPs and Senators in just two days.

4 March 2014
Shawn Clackett

U.S. Signals Consistent Commitment to Global Health

4 March 2014

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria expressed thanks for President Barack Obama’s request for US$1.35 billion for the Global Fund in his 2015 budget proposal, calling it a demonstration of consistent commitment to global health.

“We recognize and are deeply grateful for the U.S. role in our efforts to defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” said Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund. “With the U.S. giving as much as it can, we know we can drive even greater participation by other countries to reach our common goals.”

President Obama’s budget request for the Global Fund, announced today in Washington, D.C., came as the Global Fund prepares to convene a meeting of its Board in Jakarta, where it is expected to discuss and approve measures to increase the impact of its investments.

The U.S. is limited by law to providing one-third of the overall funding for the Global Fund. President Obama’s budget request for the Global Fund in 2015 is aligned with the pledge of up to US$5 billion over 2014-2016 that President Obama made when he hosted the launch of the Global Fund’s Replenishment in Washington in December 2013.

At the time, President Obama strongly encouraged other countries to give more, promising to match an additional US$1 million for every US$2 million contributed by other countries through September 2014. The Obama Administration renewed that standing pledge today.

In April, 2013, President Obama requested US$1.65 billion for the Global Fund for 2014, expressing hope that other countries would come forward with twice that amount. Within legal limits, today’s request for 2015 is the maximum amount currently possible.

The Obama Administration’s budget request included an additional US$300 million for the Global Fund in a new initiative called the Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative, which is subject to approval by Congress. That is an additional avenue of potential funding, should other contributions grow.

Over the last ten years, the partnership between the Global Fund and U.S. programs including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) have jointly achieved dramatic advances toward defeating HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

For more information please contact:

The Global Fund
Seth Faison
Head of Communications

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The Global Fund is an international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. The Global Fund promotes partnerships between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, the most effective way to help reach those in need. This innovative approach relies on country ownership and performance-based funding, meaning that people in countries implement their own programs based on their priorities and the Global Fund provides financing where verifiable results are achieved.

Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has supported more than 1,000 programs in more than 140 countries, providing AIDS treatment for 6.1 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 11.2 million people and 360 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts in dealing with the three diseases.

21 February 2014
Shawn Clackett

The Global Fund Infographic

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The Global Fund has released a updated Infographic, including the numbers from the 2013 World Malaria Report.The infographic shows the timeline since the Global Fund’s Foundation in 2002. The Global Fund galvanizes support for the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria, working with partners to support the most effective prevention and treatment.

To view the graph, Click this link

HIV/AIDS
Today, the number of HIV infections is decreasing worldwide. The Global Fund accounts for 21% of international funding for HIV.

Tuberculosis
Today, TB incidence rates are declining in all 6 WHO regions. The Global Fund accounts for 82% of international funding for TB.

Malaria
Today, malaria incidence have fallen by half or more in several countries. The Global Fund accounts for 50% of international funding for Malaria.

18 February 2014
Shawn Clackett

A Winning Team – A Guest Blog from Friends of the Global Fight

By Deb Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

I’m not what you would call a sports fanatic by any means. But in the midst of the Olympics — and not too long after the Super Bowl — it’s hard not to get caught up in the energy and enthusiasm for great personal and team performances. It’s a reminder that a critical component for these achievements is bringing the best possible team to the field (or slopes; or rink). A great team is capable of achieving things never thought possible. And that is no less the case with respect to global health.

Winning the fights against the world’s most challenging global health threats — including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria — requires an unmatched team, with players who each bring different, but equally valuable skills to bear.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an integral part of this team. The world’s largest public health financier, the Global Fund supports programs that save 100,000 lives per month. Created in 2002 to help provide resources to win the battle against the three diseases, which were collectively killing 6 million people annually, the Global Fund now provides:

•       More than 20 percent of global funding for HIV/AIDS;

•       More than 50 percent of international financing for malaria; and

•       The overwhelming majority of international funding for tuberculosis.

What is most exciting is that, today, defeating these three diseases is a real possibility. Only a few years ago, we could not have made that statement. In the last 20 years, tuberculosis deaths have decreased by more than 40 percent. In the last decade alone, HIV incidence rates have gone down 33 percent and the number of malaria cases has been reduced by 26 percent.

But defeating these diseases is the fight of a generation and the Global Fund isn’t doing it alone. It was conceived as a partnership model, relying on donor and implementing countries — those receiving grants from the Global Fund — as well as the private sector, among others, to mobilize resources and conduct life-saving work on the ground.

Last December, the Global Fund hosted what, in the sports world, might be considered its “big game.” At its Fourth Voluntary Replenishment Conference, donors from around the world came together and pledged $12 billion to Global Fund programs, the largest amount ever committed to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and a 30 percent increase over the 2010 pledges of U.S. $9.2 billion. This achievement was the result of the generosity of 25 donor countries, as well as corporations and foundations, high-net-worth individuals and faith-based organizations. Some implementing countries also pledged to contribute more resources.

Far from December being the end of resource mobilization, though, the Global Fund continues raising funds for its life-saving mission. Since then, more countries have added their names to the pledge list: Switzerland, for example, pledged $68 million to the Global Fund in mid-December, nearly tripling its past contribution – a commitment that “unlocked” additional funding from the United States and United Kingdom.

Then, on Super Bowl Sunday, one of the most watched programs of the year also served as a call to action in the fight against AIDS. In a commercial that aired during halftime, U2 performed its song, “Invisible,” which, through a partnership with (RED) and Bank of America (BOA), was available for free for 36 hours on iTunes. For every download, BOA donated $1 to the Global Fund. Although originally only planning to match up to $2 million, Bank of America generously continued donating through the following Monday night for a final tally of more than $3 million. BOA’s partnership with (RED) and U2 intends to deliver a total of $10 million to the Global Fund that, with matching contributions from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the multinational software company SAP and Africa’s Motsepe family, will add up to another $22 million.

It’s worth noting, though, that the Global Fund’s partnerships extend beyond mobilizing resources to doing more with the resources it already has. Nowhere is this more clearly illustrated than in recent changes related to procurement. For example, a unique partnership to procure quality nets to combat malaria — leveraging the collective purchasing power of the Global Fund, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and the United Nations Children’s Fund –  will result in a projected $140 million in savings over two years. That is money that can then be used to save more lives. Similar reforms are underway in the procurement of antiretroviral drugs, prevention and diagnostic tools in partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the South African government.

Unlike sports teams, there is no cap on the number of players who can join the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. And, in fact, the more players we have — bilateral partners, traditional donor and implementing countries, the private sector and passionate individuals — the better our odds of beating these three diseases.

There is no question that the athletes that took part in the Super Bowl and those competing in Olympic events are world class. But the world’s best team may not necessarily be found on a field, slope or rink. It may be the one on the global stage conducting the fight of a generation against these three deadly diseases.

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