This past weekend, the global fight against some of the world’s deadliest diseases received a major boost from governments, NGOs, the private sector, and other key partners. These donors gathered in Montreal, Canada for the fifth replenishment conference to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, announcing commitments of more than $12.9 billion over the next three years to help end AIDS, TB, and malaria for good.
The success of this replenishment round sends a strong statement that protecting vulnerable families and eliminating these diseases is a priority for the entire world. In addition to the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to provide one-third of all funds pledged, many donor countries also significantly increased their pledges and a large number of new donors came to the table, leading to a $1 billion increase over the last pledging conference in 2013.
Here’s what that means: with these new funds, the Global Fund will be able to save an estimated eight million lives, avert approximately 300 million infections, and help drive nearly $300 billion in economic gains, dramatically improving the lives of millions of people around the world.
The Global Fund, which accounts for more than half of all international financing for malaria, has already saved 20 million lives since 2002 through critical interventions, including the provision of 659 million mosquito nets to vulnerable families. With this new funding and the additional contributions that will come in over the next three years, the Global Fund could reach 32 million lives saved by 2020!
As we celebrate this success, Nothing But Nets would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the thousands of individual champions and partners who have tirelessly advocated to support U.S. funding for the Global Fund. In 2016 alone, our supporters have held nearly 230 meetings with their members of Congress and sent almost 28,000 letters to Capitol Hill advocating for robust funding to support the fight against malaria.
But we also can’t forget that there is still much work to do—over the next three years, we must continue to advocate to Congress to ensure these commitments are met. You can take the first step today by telling your members of Congress that ending malaria for good is a priority for you.