MPs voice support for the Global Fund

MPs voice support for the Global Fund

15 January 2016

A parliamentary debate on the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria drew the support of MPs from across political spectrum. The debate had been secured by the three All Party Parliamentary Groups dedicated to malaria, TB and HIV AIDS. 

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It kicked off with a speech from the Chair of the APPG on TB, Nick Herbert MP, who described the transformational impact of the Global Fund: “The Global Fund now estimates that since its inception [in 2012], it has saved 17 million lives and is on course to have saved some 22 million lives by the end of the year. That is more than 2 million lives saved annually as a consequence of the effort that was put in place in 2002 under the Global Fund… [It has treated] more than half a billion people for malaria—a quite staggering effort. It has contributed to a decline of a third in the deaths from these three diseases in the countries where it operates.”

We contacted MPs ahead of the debate asking them to attend to demonstrate their support and to speak about the Global Fund’s impact on malaria. We were delighted to watch so many MPs take time out of their busy schedules and speak passionately about what the Global Fund has achieved including the remarkable progress in cutting the number of cases and deaths from malaria.

Shadow Minister for International Development, Mike Kane MP began has speech by highlighting this extraordinary progress and the opportunities and challenges ahead for global fight against malaria: “Global malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the past 15 years, but we face substantial challenges, such as the spread of resistance to drugs and insecticides. The prevention of infectious diseases is one of the best uses of aid.

“It is estimated that if global malaria targets are achieved by 2030, more than 10 million lives will be saved, generating more than $4 trillion of additional economic output…We need to scale up our efforts in combating malaria…”

At the end of last year Mike Kane met with some of our team along with Global Fund advocate Maurine Murenga. At the meeting Maurine shared her own experiences of having malaria when she was pregnant, the impact this deadly disease had on her family and community in Kenya and the dramatic difference Global Fund support has had on families and communities there.

Responding to the debate on behalf of the government, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development, Nick Hurd MP said: “There is no doubt in my mind that the Global Fund is a success. It works. It has made a crucial contribution to the fight against all three diseases… Successful replenishment of the Global Fund, which is about not only the UK’s commitment, but the role we play in encouraging others to step up, is personally important to me and extremely important to the Government.

“I am grateful to all Members who were present today for putting a spotlight on the Global Fund and on the need for Britain to stay up and to maintain its position of leadership in the world.”

At Malaria No More UK we were encouraged by the level of cross-party support for the Global Fund and for the UK’s investment in ending malaria. The Global Fund is a vital component of the campaign to eradicate malaria and 2016 is a critical year for funding decisions that will make a significant difference to the trajectory of the disease. We will continue to call on the UK government to sustain its global leadership. The stakes have never been higher.

Read the debate in full here. 

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