Washington, D.C., January 14, 2019—The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is calling for a global investment of at least $14 billion for the next three years, according to a summary of its Sixth Replenishment Investment Case entitled Step Up the Fight released last week. The complete Sixth Replenishment Investment Case will be available in February.
Global Fund’s proposed investment will help save 16 million lives, cut the current mortality rate in half and prevent 234 million new infections among the three diseases by 2023. The Global Fund also anticipates $46 billion in domestic funding from affected countries that will go to fight HIV, TB and malaria in 2021-2023, a 48 percent increase over the current funding cycle. According to the Global Fund, every dollar invested would result in $19 in health gains and economic returns.
The largest international funder of malaria programs, the Global Fund provides approximately 60% of total global funding to combat the disease each year, primarily in countries with the highest malaria burdens. 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. Global Fund investments also were instrumental in helping Paraguay and Uzbekistan achieve malaria-free certification in 2018.
“The Global Fund is a main driver of the aggressive, historic progress against malaria since 2000, putting the end of this preventable, treatable disease in sight,” said Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More. “Continued progress depends on a fully-funded Global Fund, especially at a critical time in the malaria fight when cases in the highest burden countries are rising and coverage gaps need to be filled. It’s one of the best investments governments can make to save millions more lives, and to improve overall health, access to education and a country’s economy.”
Since its founding in 2002, the Global Fund partnership has saved 27 million lives in more than 100 countries. Countries supported by the Global Fund saw a 42% decline in malaria deaths between 2000 and 2016, according to the Global Fund Results Report 2018.
“The United States has been a political and financial leader in its support of the Global Fund from the start,” said Josh Blumenfeld, Managing Director of Advocacy for Malaria No More. “With a child still dying every two minutes from malaria, America must maintain its strong leadership going into the next replenishment cycle, and do its part to ensure the Global Fund is fully funded for 2020-2022.”
The replenishment target of $14 billion is a 15 percent increase over the $12.2 billion raised during its last funding cycle (2017-2019). The Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference, which aims to raise new funds and mobilize partners, will be hosted by France in October 2019.
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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. Malaria No More has offices in the United States, Cameroon, Kenya and India and affiliates in Japan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.malarianomore.org