All-Party Groups welcome UK Governments contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

20th September 2013

All-Party Groups welcome UK Governments contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The UK’s pledge of to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria represents a fantastic commitment by the UK government to lead the global fight against three of the world’s deadliest diseases. We congratulate the government on its ambitious pledge, and applaud their determination to rally international support behind one of the most successful global health efforts in history.

In little more than a decade, the Global Fund has turned the tide against HIV, TB and Malaria. Through the Fund 4.2 million people have had access to anti-retrovirals who otherwise may have never received medication and 10 million people have been treated for TB, nearly half of whom, without treatment may have lost their lives to the disease. Thanks to the Fund and its partners 310 million bed nets have been distributed to protect men, women and children against malaria, leading to a historic drop in malaria deaths. In total, the Global Fund has saved 8.7 million lives.
As a result we can now say that the impossible is in reach. The day when these diseases are consigned to the history books is no longer an aspiration for a distant future but a genuine possibility. It might not be in this decade, or the next, but within our lifetimes we will see the end of HIV, TB and Malaria.

By committing now to support the Global Fund, the UK government has taken us a step closer to that all-important goal. Our pledge will see 780,000 people receive potentially life-saving anti-retroviral treatment for HIV, 33 million insecticide-treated bed nets will protect millions against malaria as they sleep, and 1.1million people will receive treatment to fight off the scourge of tuberculosis.

The UK’s contribution will literally save millions of lives, but millions more will hang in the balance if the Global Fund doesn’t reach its full $15bn funding target. The challenge now for civil society, for parliamentarians, and for the government is to ensure that our pledge inspires others to give and give generously. We must ensure that the Global Fund has the resources it needs to continue the astounding progress that it has made.

We congratulate the Right Honourable Justine Greening for the leadership that she, and her Department, have shown in doubling the UK’s commitment to the Global Fund. Most of all, however , we applaud her for sending a signal to the world that the UK will stand beside some of the poorest and most marginalised people in the world in the fight against these three terrible diseases.