A letter was sent to the Prime Minster of the Kingdom of Spain, H.E. Mr Pedro Sanchez.
Since the inception of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) in 2002, Kingdom of Spain has contributed USD724,223,382 to the fight against the three diseases.
The ‘Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2018 – 2021’ outlines seven priorities, all linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and include good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality and peace, justice, and strong institutions among others. Gender equality and democratic governance are cross-cutting sectors of Kingdom of Spain’s development assistance. Support to governance and civil society, including for women’s rights, is the largest sector for bilateral official development assistance (ODA) of Kingdom of Spain. Global Fund priorities complement Kingdom of Spain’s ODA priorities where the Global Fund not only invests in the global HIV, TB and malaria response, its investments also promote gender equality and addresses human rights barriers through its grants. In addition, the Global Fund insists on the meaningful engagement of women throughout the design and implementation of the programmes it funds and has a strong focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and also contributes towards strengthening and sustaining community systems for effective advocacy and interventions leading to resilient and sustainable systems for health. Global Fund grants support comprehensive sexuality education and programmes to address gender-based violence and also provides funding for education and economic empowerment programmes for adolescent girls and young women, who are disproportionately affected by HIV. Increased investments in the Global Fund will ensure that all these efforts are fast-tracked to achieve good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality and peace, justice, and strong institutions among others.