Italy, Germany follow Canada to increase its Global Fund contribution
Written by: Administrator
Sunday, August 25th, 2019, 8:37
After Canada recently announced it is increasing its contribution to The Global Fund,Italy and Germany have also said they are increasing their contribution to the fund by 15 percent to €161 million and 17.6 percent to €1 billion over the next three years.
The pledge, announced by Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s Prime Minister during the G7 Summit in Biarritz, in France is a clear demonstration of the country’s commitment to end the epidemics of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
While, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country demonstrating its commitment to stepping up the fight against HIV, TB and malaria and to accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of health and well-being for all.
Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund said, “We thank Chancellor Merkel for her steadfast leadership in global health”.
Germany has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund partnership since its inception in 2002 and is its fourth-largest donor. Germany’s investments have helped the Global Fund partnership save more than 27 million lives and reduce deaths from AIDS, TB and malaria by one-third.
Accordingly, Health is an essential pre-condition for sustainable development, starting from women, children, youth and the most vulnerable groups.
"Italy's increased contribution to the Global Fund confirms our strong commitment to global health,” said Emanuela Del Re, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
“We responded to the Fund's call to step up the fight in order to achieve our common goals by 2030 and save additional 16 million lives over the next three years,” he added.
Italy has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund since it was established in 2002. Italy hosted the first meeting of donors to replenish the Global Fund's resources in Rome in 2005. It has also played a key role in shaping Global Fund’s policies, including advancing human rights, building stronger systems of health and investing in challenging operating environments.
The Global Fund is a partner in the “Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All,” coordinated by WHO in response to a call from Germany, Ghana and Norway for more effective collaboration and coordination to achieve the health-related SDGs. The organization also works with the German BACKUP Health program to increase grant efficiency and effectiveness, with a particular focus on strengthening systems for health.
France will host the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment pledging conference in Lyon 9-10 October 2019. The Conference is aimed at further mobilizing efforts to end the epidemics of three of the world's most devastating diseases by 2030, in line with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Fund seeks to raise at least US$14 billion for the next three years to help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, and build stronger health systems by 2023.