With fewer than 100 days left before the Global Fund's Replenishment Conference on October 10, we are off track from our global goal to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. A resurgence of these epidemics will cost lives, undermine development, and threaten global health security.
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Heads of global AIDS, TB and malaria agencies reinforce call to ‘get back on track’ for Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment
Here are a few recent news and media items, of relevance to the Global Fund partnership:
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 has, made public on 11 March, has contradicted the pledge he delivered in his February 2019 State of the Union address to increase spending on HIV.
A new analysis conducted by Aidspan shows that domestic contributions by low- and lower-middle income countries to their HIV, TB and malaria responses accounted for 16% for HIV, 36% for TB, and 36% for malaria, for the 2015-2017 period. Countries will experience huge gaps in funding for the 2018-2020 period unless domestic and international commitments increase.
Donor government disbursements to combat HIV in low- and middle-income countries increased 16 percent from US$7 billion in 2016 to US$8.1 billion in 2017 – though the higher total stems largely from the timing of U.S.
On 22 March, the U.S. Congress approved a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which includes a $1.35 billion contribution for the Global Fund, equal to what the U.S. contributed in FY 2017. In so doing, Congress ignored a proposed budget from President Donald Trump which would have resulted in $225 million less funding for the Global Fund.
In the U.S., FY 2018 runs from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018.
Donation from Spain in new debt swap
Le Plan d’urgence du Président des États-Unis pour la lutte contre le sida « concentrera ses ressources » dans 13 pays à forte prévalence de VIH et présentant les meilleures chances de maîtriser leur épidémie d’ici 2020, dans le cadre d’une nouvelle stratégie annoncée le 19 septembre par le secrétaire d’État des États-Unis, Rex Tillerson.