Lyon, France (Oct 10) – The ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership applauds world leaders for pledging USD 13.92 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years (2020–2022), with a commitment by President Emmanuel Macron, Bill Gates and Bono to rally the final USD 100 million by December.
Patrick Bertrand, executive director of Global Health Advocates France, said, “Today’s announcement is an act of true global solidarity to make health for all a reality and pave the way for ending HIV, TB, and malaria. Under Emmanuel Macron’s leadership, France has not only managed to rally the international community, it has also walked the talk by increasing its contribution by 20 percent to make this replenishment a success.”
The UK government was among the first to demonstrate its commitment to the Global Fund with a strong pledge of GBP 1.4 billion, announced by former Prime Minister Theresa May at the G20 Summit in Japan. The pledge represented an increase of over 16 percent over their contribution for the previous three-year period (2017–2019).
“This success is the first step in building momentum for global health and guaranteeing that the world can ensure health for all by 2030. The United Kingdom will host the replenishment of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in June 2020 and will have to mobilize at least USD 7.4 billion for 2021–2025. Civil society will make sure commitments for global health stay high on the agenda,” said Aaron Oxley, Executive Director of RESULTS UK.
In addition to pledges by donor countries, low- and middle-income countries have also committed to increasing investment at home. “We are happy that several African countries joined donor governments, philanthropists, and the private sector in taking ambitious commitments for health and epidemics by pledging to the Global Fund,” said Rosemary Mburu, executive director of WACI Health.
Highlights from the replenishment influenced by ACTION partners’ and allies’ strong advocacy include:
- France affirmed its leadership in the fight against the epidemics with a EUR 1.3 billion pledge, representing a 20% increase over its previous pledge, and did so in a way that powerfully encouraged other donors to join them.
- Australia pledged AUD 242 million, an increase over its previous commitment.
- Canada increased its investment to CAD 930 million, which is 15.7% more than its previous pledge.
- Côte d’Ivoire pledged USD 1.5 million, a 50% increase of their previous contribution.
- The European Union increased its investment by 15.8% with a EUR 550 million pledge.
- India increased its investment from USD 20 million in 2017–2019 to USD 22 million for 2020–2022. This year, the Government of India also played an essential role in the replenishment campaign by being the first implementing country of the Global Fund to host the preparatory meeting of the replenishment, which took place in New Delhi in February 2019.
- Italy pledged EUR 161 million for 2020–2022, representing a 15% increase over its previous contribution in 2017–2019.
- Japan pledged USD 840 million for 2020–2022, a 5% increase of its 2017–2019 contribution.
- Kenya increased its investment from USD 5 million in 2017–2019 to USD 6 million for 2020–2022.
- South Africa pledged USD 10 million, doubling its commitment from the previous replenishment in 2016.
- The United Kingdom pledged up to GBP 1.4 billion for 2020–2022, a 16.6% increase compared to its previous contribution in 2017–2019. The pledge includes GBP 100 million private sector matching funding that has been fully unlocked by the day of the conference.
- The United States committed to deliver one-third of the total funds, up to USD 4.68 billion.
- Zambia pledged USD 5.5 million.
“Fourteen billion was a minimum target for the next three years, and we know we will need even more to reach the end of these epidemics. Building on many bold new pledges today, we’ll be working with advocates and policymakers across the globe to do what it takes to achieve equitable access to health,” said Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS Educational Fund in the U.S.
About ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership
The ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership is a group of 13 locally rooted independent member organizations around the world advocating together with allies and champions for a world where all people have equitable access to health. Supported by a Washington, DC-based secretariat, ACTION partners work to increase investments and build political support for global health. Our members are: Æquitas (India), CITAMplus (Zambia), Global Health Advocates France, Global Health Advocates India, Health Promotion Tanzania (HDT), KANCO (Kenya), Princess of Africa Foundation (South Africa), RESULTS Canada, RESULTS Educational Fund (U.S.), RESULTS International Australia, RESULTS Japan, RESULTS UK, and WACI Health (Kenya and South Africa).