Washington D.C., August 27, 2019 — Longtime supporters Canada, Germany, Italy and the European Union recently announced increases of at least 15 percent to their contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, over the next three years, while the Republic of Korea the Republic of Korea announced its plan to significantly increase its contribution and Switzerland approved its highest contribution to date, confirming the value their investments will have in saving 16 million lives over the next three years.
As the leading source for funding (about 60% of the global total) programs that prevent and control malaria deaths and cases, the Global Fund is one of the most effective investments to save and improve lives and help end malaria. Since 2000, global investments have reduced malaria deaths by 60% and malaria cases by 37%, saving seven million lives and preventing more than one billion malaria cases.
“Canada, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, and the European Union see the lasting value of investing in the Global Fund, which is measured in lives saved and cases prevented from the threats of HIV, TB, and malaria,” said Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More. “Their increased contributions reaffirm the importance of supporting the Global Fund’s leading efforts to end malaria, and should give other potential donors an increased incentive to step up and fully support the Global Fund.”
For the 2020-2022 funding cycle, the Global Fund is seeking $14 billion to help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, and prevent 234 million new infections from the three diseases. France will host the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment pledging conference October 9-10 in Lyon, where additional contributions are expected.
Malaria-related grants provided by the Global Fund in 2017 helped to disperse 197 million mosquito nets, test 213 million suspected malaria cases and treat 108 million malaria cases in countries burdened by the disease.
Looking to US Senate to Step Up the Fight
The United States provided the Global Fund with its founding contribution in 2002, and continues to be the Global Fund’s largest contributor. Earlier this year, the House of Representatives voted to increase funding for the Global Fund to $1.56 billion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, $210 million above the (FY) 2019 enacted level, and ensure the full $1.56 billion be provided as the first installment of the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment.
“The Senate has the opportunity to further solidify U.S. leadership by fully supporting the Global Fund in its FY2020 appropriations bill, just as the House did,” said Josh Blumenfeld, Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy at Malaria No More. “This is one of the most effective investments in global health that the U.S. can make, and will help end preventable maternal and child deaths.”
Contributions in US$ for 2020-2022 (percentage increase above previous pledge):
Canada: US$702 million (+15.7%)
Italy: US$179 million (+15%)
Germany: US$1.1 billion (+17.5%)
Republic of Korea: announced it will increase above its current $11.75 million
Switzerland: $US65 million (n/a)
European Union: $US610 million (+16%)
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Malaria No More envisions a world where no one dies from a mosquito bite. More than a decade into our mission, our work has contributed to historic progress toward this goal. Now, we’re mobilizing the political commitment, funding, and innovation required to achieve what would be one of the greatest humanitarian accomplishments – ending malaria within our generation. For more information, visit www.malarianomore.org