World Malaria Day: We need the Global Fund

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World Malaria Day: Aid Groups Call on Government to Increase its Commitment to the Global Fund

Aid groups are marking World Malaria Day by calling on the Government to increase its commitment to The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the 2017-2019 period.

“Last year, we welcomed the Turnbull Government’s bold plan to eradicate malaria from the Asia Pacific by 2030 but a funding commitment is needed to make this vision a reality,” said Campaign Director for the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.

“The Global Fund is the largest source of international funding for tuberculosis and malaria. Australia should pledge a $300 million commitment to The Global Fund for the 2017-2019 period at its 2016 replenishment meeting as part of an overall increase to the Australian Aid budget.”

Maree Nutt, CEO of RESULTS Australia, added: “For each Australian aid dollar, the Global Fund spends $20 fighting illnesses that are threatening our neighbours. Not only is this a great return on investment, it means we’re contributing towards a fairer and more equal world for everyone, regardless of where they live.”

Maurine Murenga suffers from HIV and has lost count of how many times she’s been treated for malaria. As a speaker for The Global Fund Advocates Network, her focus is on raising awareness around the inequalities and vulnerabilities of young women and adolescent girls facing similar challenges.

“HIV increases the risk of malaria infection, particularly among pregnant women. As I had little access to treatment back home in Kenya while pregnant with my son, he contracted HIV when born. Our lives changed in 2003 when The Global Fund came to Kenya, meaning we could both begin free treatment,” said Ms Murenga.

Mr Milne said stories such as Ms Murenga’s, are exactly why we need to stop the clock on scheduled cuts to the aid budget.

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The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Australia coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.