Image of three persons in front of the Norway Embassy. Those in the photo include Daxa Patel, Mona Balani and representative from the Norway Embassy

IWG member Daxa Patel and IWG champion Mona Balani meeting representative of Royal Norwegian Embassy

India Working Group for Health Advocacy (IWG) member Daxa Patel and IWG champion Mona Balani attended a meeting with the representatives of Royal Norwegian Embassy to build up the momentum for the upcoming Seventh Replenishment of the Global Fund. The meeting focused on importance of Norway and its contribution to the Global Fund; Positive stories/ data from HIV, TB & Malaria verticals; impact and influence of Global Fund on the lives of the most vulnerable communities; Key messages from India Investment Case and the need for Norway to step up and fund the fight for the Seventh Replenishment. In the meeting Daxa and Mona handed over the key messages from the India Investment Case (2019) of the Global Fund. They also shared a letter urging Norway to rally together with all stakeholders of the Global Fund partnership to advocate for increased pledges for the Seventh Replenishment of the Global Fund and encourage Norway to increase its pledge to the Global Fund for its Seventh Replenishment to reach the target of at least US$ 18 billion.
As the 11th largest public donor to the Global Fund, and the most generous on a per capita basis, Norway has pledged a cumulative NOK 10.04 billion since the inception of the Global Fund in 2002. This has ensured that HIV, TB and malaria responses are delivered through investments in resilient and sustainable systems for health. In the face of the pandemic, in addition to maintaining core programming, the Global Fund approved US$ 4.1 billion to support 108 countries and 21 multi-country programmes to fight COVID-19 and protect progress against the three diseases. In support of the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism, Norway exhibited true leadership in the global crisis and pledged NOK 285.2 million in December 2020 and an additional NOK 440 million in December 2021.