[Sri Lanka, July 03, 2019], Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP) extends its deepest appreciation to the United Kingdom (UK) for its increased pledge to the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). Prime Minister Theresa May announced a pledge of £1.4 billion for the coming three-year period, or an average £467 million a year, an overall increase of 16 percent over their contribution for the current three-year period on 29thof June 2019 during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. This increased pledge to the Global Fund showcases UK’s strong leadership in global health and specially stepping up the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Furthermore, through the new pledge, the UK government will also match up to £100 million of investment from private sector organizations to encourage stronger private sector engagement in the fight against malaria.

The UK remains one of the largest donors of the Global Fund since its establishment in 2002, and has since pledged US$5.2 billion to the Global Fund for the fight against the three diseases. In 2016, UK pledged £1.1 billion for the Fifth Replenishment of the Global Fund and has since increased its commitment for the Replenishment period to £1.2 billion for the 2017 – 2019 allocation cycle.

“With only 3 more months to the Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund in Lyon, France, this increased pledge by the UK for the Sixth Replenishment reaffirms its strong commitment for the fight against the three diseases. UK remains one of the strong supporters of gender equality, human rights, transparency and accountability and this contribution to the Sixth Replenishment signifies UK’s trust in Global Fund to achieve them.  We believe that UK will work together with other global donors to realize a successful Global Fund Sixth Replenishment in order to step up the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” said Shiba Phurailatpam,  Regional Coordinator of APN+.

The UK’s new three-year funding pledge will help provide life-saving antiretroviral therapy to more than 3.3 million people living with HIV, provide TB treatment and care for 2.3 million people, provide 120,000 people with treatment for multidrug-resistant TB, distribute 92 million mosquito nets to protect children and families from malaria andstrengthen health systems and promote global health security.

This year, the Global Fund embarks on its Sixth Replenishment process to raise at least US$14 billion which will contribute towards saving 16 million lives, cutting the mortality rate of HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria in half, and contribute towards stronger health systems by 2023. The unwavering support of UK towards Global Health and UHC through the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment will present us with an opportunity towards the acceleration of progress towards SDG 3 through strengthening health care systems; reinforcing health security; spurring domestic investment of US$ 46 billion; tackling inequalities in health including gender- and human rights-related barriers to access; and yielding a return on investment of 1:19 with every dollar invested.

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Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific

Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP) is a platform of community and civil society advocates for a fully funded Global Fund. It supports community and civil society mobilisation in the areas of increased domestic financing for HIV, TB and malaria responses; increased donor contributions towards the Global Fund; and ensuring that policy frameworks on health financing take into account community, rights and gender issues. Please visit www.gfanasiapacific.org for more information or contact Rachel Ong, Regional Coordinator at rachel.ong@gfanasiapacific.org, or Niluka Perera, Communications and Coordination Officer at Niluka.perera@gfanasiapacific.org