6 September 2016
Australia Should Help To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis And Malaria
Twenty-six international health and development organisations have called on the Australian Government to pledge A$300 million to help fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
“Australia is uniquely placed to play a significant role in ending the world’s worst disease epidemic in our lifetime,” said RESULTS Australia CEO Maree Nutt ahead of a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria replenishment meeting held in Montreal on 16 September.
“We can end these epidemics by 2030, but we must intensify global political and scientific efforts, work to overcome stigma and discrimination and empower young people and key populations to ensure that no-one is left behind,” Ms Nutt said.
“Replenishment of the fund would help to save an additional eight million lives and avert 300 million new infections.”
Dr Helen Szoke, CEO of Oxfam Australia said: “Investing in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria would display our regional leadership. A contribution of A$300 million towards the US$13 billion required to adequately replenish the fund over the next three years would be a fair contribution from the Australian Government.”
“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last year announced Australia’s support for a malaria-free Asia-Pacific by 2030. We’re calling on Mr Turnbull to match those words with the needed funding as part of an overall increase to the aid budget,” said Tony Milne, Director of the Campaign for Australian Aid.
“Australia’s commitment of A$300 million would signal to the world our own experience that providing access to HIV prevention and treatment will save lives. It would show we’re unwilling to leave others behind,” said Darryl O’Donnell, CEO of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.
Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC said: “Investing to rid the world of these major drivers of misery and global poverty is not just an enormously powerful humanitarian act, but also a crucial catalyst for greater sustainability, security and economic development in our region and beyond. The mechanism of the GFATM is for the most effective way of progressing toward eliminating these diseases”
The joint Global Fund CSO letter with signatories is below.
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