Rikus Grobler | Oct 18, 2017 | 0
Stop HIV, TB and Malaria as epidemics
TOKYO – The Global Fund convened a major international meeting late in December to address the challenge of funding programmes to accelerate the end of HIV, TB and malaria as epidemics, and to build stronger systems for health that lead to universal health coverage.
The Preparatory Meeting of the Global Fund Fifth Replenishment, held in Tokyo was attended by health ministers from several countries, as well as global health leaders including Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Foreign Minister of Ethiopia; Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister for International Development & La Francophonie, and many others.
The Global Fund’s Replenishment aligns with the global goals embraced by member states of the United Nations in September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals, with a holistic and multidisciplinary approach that seeks to reduce inequity and support sustainable transition across the development continuum as countries move toward self-sustainability and universal health coverage.
The meeting also hosted a conference on universal health coverage, an important priority spearheaded by the Government of Japan that will evaluate financial systems and funding sources needed by countries to promote access and affordability of health care and medicine. Universal health coverage is critically important to ending epidemics of HIV, TB and malaria, diseases which flourish through poverty and discrimination.
Every three years, the Global Fund seeks financial support for its mission through a Replenishment pledging conference. At the December meeting, the Global Fund announced a financial target for the pledging conference, to be held by the middle of this year.
Participants will consider how improved facilities, health worker training, improved information management systems and stronger community response and support systems are needed to build stronger systems for health. These systems will be central to driving the next 15 years of impact against the three epidemics.
“Through the Global Fund partnership, we have made tremendous progress and are on the right side of the tipping point for HIV, TB and malaria,” said Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “With innovation and partnership, the Global Fund is a mechanism for global solidarity that supports countries doing great things.”
The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, TB and malaria as epidemics. As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries.