Global Fund Replenishment
History was made earlier this month in Lyon, when governments, philanthropic donors and the private sector pledged US$14 billion for the Sixth Global Fund Replenishment, more than any other global health institution has ever raised. French President Emmanuel Macron hosted the meeting and galvanised world leaders’ resolve to step up the fight and meet the $14 billion target.
The Hon. Warren Entsch MP, on behalf of the Australian Government, announced the pledge of AU$242 million, an increase of 10% on Australia’s last pledge in 2016. This amount fell short of the $300 million RESULTS and other campaigners were seeking from Australia, but at least this pledge showed that Australia recognises the importance of increasing support to combat these diseases. The funding will help the partnership to save 16 million lives and keeps alive the chance that, by 2030, the world might end the epidemics of HIV, TB and malaria for good.
The hard work of RESULTS volunteers, dedicated federal parliamentarians and RESULTS partners has paid off. In the last several months RESULTS carried out several advocacy strategies through Australian TB Caucus. Our volunteers met parliamentarians and encouraged them to write to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs to increase Australia’s pledge to the Global Fund. Hon Warren Entsch, MP moved the motion in the House of Representatives in support for an increase in the Global Fund pledge. The House motion was seconded by other members of the parliament including Ms Sharon Claydon (Co-chair of the Australian TB Caucus), Shadow Minister Pat Conroy, and Dr Mike Freelander. A similar motion was also moved in the Senate by Senator Urquhart (at the request of Senator Louise Pratt).