The European Commission is pledging € 470 million to The Global Fund for 2017-2019, an increase of € 100 million, or 27%, over the EC’s pledge for 2014-2016.
Activists have surprised Sweden with the intensity of their reaction to the Swedish Government’s decision to cut its 2016 contribution to The Global Fund by 35%. Even if activists are not successful at having the cut reinstated, they are hopeful that their strong response will have a positive impact on Sweden’s pledge for 2017-2019.
In this fast-paced world, it is easy sometimes to forget the individual stories of those affected by the three diseases. These personal stories resonate with all of us as global citizens. They are critical in highlighting the significance of the work of Global Fund–supported programs, bringing true meaning and value to the $13 billion replenishment target.
Reaction to the size of The Global Fund’s 5th Replenishment target has been somewhat muted so far, despite the fact that at $13 billion, it is $2 billion lower than the target for the last replenishment, and despite the global push to ending the epidemics by 2030 as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals.
New global fund to fight malaria and other tropical diseases
On 16-17 November 2015, the Global Fund Board held its 34th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. GFO was present, with observer status.
In the past week, I travelled from Mbabane in Swaziland to Geneva in Switzerland. When I was a boy, growing up in Swaziland, we frequently got mail that had been sent, initially, to Switzerland. In the 1970s, no one knew where Swaziland was. Today, the little Southern African kingdom has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world.
The Global Fund Board has approved an operating budget of $305 million for 2016, which includes $16.3 million for the Office of the Inspector General. This compares to actual expenditures of $286 million in 2014 and projected expenditures of $296 million for 2015.
The Global Fund Advocates Network – following on from its successful Twitter conversation that called for increased donor and domestic funding to reach the SDGs (see GFO article here) – has sent an open letter to the Global Fund Board and executive director urging the Fund to aim higher than the $15 billion 2014-2016 replenishment
Programs supported by the Global Fund have saved 17 million lives up to the end of 2014, according to the Results Report 2015 released by the Fund on 21 September. The Fund says that it is on track to reach 22 million lives saved by December 2016, the end of the current replenishment period (see graphic).