UK joins Global Leaders in record pledges to save 8 million lives

UK joins Global Leaders in record pledges to save 8 million lives

17 September 2016

The UK joined governments, philanthropic and private sector donors from around the world to raise a record $12.9 billion for The Global Fund to save 8 million lives and prevent 300 million new infections from these deadly diseases over the next three years.

The UK has been a leading supporter of the Global Fund, which has already saved 20 million lives from AIDS, TB and malaria since its inception in 2002. This weekend saw UK International Development Sectary, Priti Patel, join Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and global leaders to renew their commitments to help accelerate efforts to end these devastating epidemics for good. 

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Speaking at the conference, Priti Patel described her pride at the role the UK had played in driving global progress so far, saying: 

“We have come so far in the battle against AIDS, TB and malaria and so much of this is due to the extraordinary Global Fund. By mobilising public and private resources, by pushing down the price of crucial drugs, by dispensing hundreds of millions of bednets, together we have helped to save 20 million lives”

Calling the Global Fund “one of the world’s most effective aid instruments”, she announced renewed UK investment of up to £1.1billion over three years saying:

“This latest round of UK investment demonstrates that Britain is keeping the promises it has made to the world’s poor while underlining the Government’s commitment to tackle the great global challenges of our time, including disease, which is in the national interest.”

The UK’s contribution will fund 40 million bednets to tackle malaria, provide enough lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy for 1.3 million people with HIV, and support the treatment of 800,000 people with tuberculosis.

Building on the UK’s leadership in driving global resources to defeat malaria, the UK’s pledge also included a new match fund scheme aiming to incentivise an additional £100 million from the private sector to fight malaria. The 2:1 match scheme will mean that private sector resources will unlock up to £200 million of DFID’s Global Fund investment.

Patel also linked 10% of DFID’s funding to a performance contract, which DFID has agreed with the Fund focusing on keeping the Global Fund at the forefront of delivering results as “one of the worlds most effective aid institutions.”

Speaking on the announcement, James Whiting, Executive Director of Malaria No More UK, said:

“The goal of the Replenishment Conference was to help the Global Fund save an additional 8 million lives over the next three years. With such generous investment from the UK government, that goal is now within reach. We’re thrilled that the UK continues to recognise the vital importance of funding the malaria cause. As one of the most cost-effective health interventions in the world, fighting malaria really is aid well spent. We’d like to thank the UK government for helping to make malaria no more.”

The UK’s £1.1 billion pledge to the Global Fund will prevent approximately 15 infections every minute from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and save one life every two minutes. 

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