Germany is the fourth largest public donor to the Global Fund and has been a major supporter since the Global Fund partnership was founded in 2002.
Over the last 20 years, Germany has contribute more than € 3.9 billion, and for the Sixth Replenishment pledged € 1.29 billion, which includes a € 290 million contribution to the COVID-19 Response of the Global Fund.
Germany has a seat on the Board of the Global Fund and is a member of the Global Fund Strategy Committee, playing a pivotal role in shaping its policies, notably on building resilient and sustainable systems for health and promoting strong linkages of programmes to the overall health sector.
Through Germany’s BACKUP Health programme, Germany also provides technical assistance to improve the effectiveness of Global Fund-financed programmes. Since 2002, BACKUP Health has supported nearly 600 interventions in about 90 countries, with a particular focus on strengthening systems for health.
Germany was the first country to participate as creditor in Debt2Health, the financing mechanism of the Global Fund designed to encourage domestic financing in health by converting debt repayments into lifesaving investments in health. For 2008 – 2019, Debt2Health swaps with Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and El Salvador generated a contribution of €60.2 million.
Germany has a leading voice in global health and development, and has advocated the need for international cooperation around global health security, health systems strengthening and antimicrobial resistance. It also strongly endorses the need to reduce inequalities in accessing health care, overcoming human rights and gender barriers. For Germany, as well as for the Global Fund, civil society and communities are key partners in this endavour.
About the action
We worked with Aktionsbündnis gegen AIDS (Action against AIDS) Germany in seeking inputs to the letters sent by communities and civil society colleagues to German Embassies around the world.
For the Seventh Replenishment, German civil society is calling for Germany to increase its pledge to € 1.9 billion.
Action against AIDS Germany co-organised the International Virtual Conference on 1st December 2021 “Global Health Germany?! From HIV to SARS-CoV-2 – What have we (not) learned?“.
For the International Virtual Conference, Action against AIDS Germany produced a series of stories interviewing leaders from the community:
- Interview with Ani Herna Sari from Indonesia, MDR-TB survivor, activist and member of the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) Speakers Bureau. Available here.
- Interview with Joyce Ouma from Kenya, youth activist and member of the Communities Delegation to the Global Fund Board. Available here.
- Interview with Gautam Yadav from India, LGBT and HIV activist and member of the GFAN Speakers Bureau. Available here.
- Interview with Naomi Wanjiru from Kenya, nurse and community activist. Available here.