A letter was sent to the Prime Minster of the Kingdom of Sweden, H.E. Mr Stefan Löfven.
For the Fifth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) in 2016, Kingdom of Sweden pledged SEK 2,500,000,000 to the Global Fund for the 2017 – 2019 allocation cycle.
Kingdom of Sweden’s 2016 ‘Aid Policy Framework’ is strongly aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and outlines eight focus areas including human rights, gender equality, health equity, education and research, among others. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are top focus areas of Swedish foreign and development policy, and Kingdom of Sweden was the first country to implement a Feminist Foreign Policy in 2014 which features sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as one of six objectives, and prioritizes women and girls’ participation in preventing and resolving conflicts. Global Fund priorities complement Kingdom of Sweden’s Aid Policy Framework 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. 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 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 also support comprehensive sexuality education and programmes to address gender-based violence and 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 willensure that all these efforts are fast-tracked to achieve SDGs, gender equality and health equity.