Australia announces $220 million pledge to the Global Fund but there is still more to be done
RESULTS Australia is pleased that Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop has today announced a $220 million pledge of aid to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
“RESULTS have worked tirelessly to secure support from all corners of Parliament on this issue and we are delighted that our hard work has translated into an increase to Australia’s contribution to the Global Fund,” said Maree Nutt, CEO at RESULTS Australia.
“Against the reality of major cuts to Australian aid, this increase speaks to the effectiveness of the Global Fund in our region and its important role, as also acknowledged by Minister Bishop, in dealing with the growing threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Given other countries such as Japan, Canada and the US have made more significant increases, the question remains is Australia doing enough?”
The 5th Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is being held in Montreal from September 15-17 with the global goal of raising US$13billion for its next three years’ work and continue progress towards ending these three epidemics by 2030.
The Global Fund is an international financing institution that mobilises and disburses resources to countries to support programming that prevents, treats, and cares for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. Since 2002 the Global Fund has saved 20 million lives and currently supports more than 1,000 programs in over 100 countries where the burden of disease is greatest.
“Australia should be proud of the difference we’ll make to the lives of the poorest through our support of the Global Fund but we can’t stop here. Australian aid and our generosity as a nation is at an historic low, and we can and should do more,” adds Ms Nutt.
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