November 11, 2021
Washington, D.C. — Friends of the Global Fight applauds the Biden administration’s announcement that the United States will host the Global Fund’s seventh replenishment conference in fall 2022.
“This is an incredible opportunity for the U.S. to continue and expand its global health leadership at a pivotal time,” said Chris Collins, president and CEO of Friends. “Thank you to the Biden administration for recognizing the essential role the Global Fund plays in tackling AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria and in building a foundation for stronger pandemic preparedness and response. Friends looks forward to working closely with the administration — as well as advocates here and around the world — to rally donors for a highly successful seventh replenishment.”
Every three years, the replenishment conference convenes donor and implementing countries, private sector representatives, civil society groups and others to secure funding to support Global Fund efforts to end the epidemics of AIDS, TB and malaria. The last replenishment was held in Lyon, France in October 2019.
To date, the Global Fund and its partners have saved more than 44 million lives and have cut deaths from AIDS, TB and malaria in half in countries where the Global Fund works. But even with these enormous strides, progress against AIDS, TB and malaria went backwards in 2020 for the first time in the Global Fund’s history because of widespread service disruptions due to COVID-19.
“To overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19 and restore progress against AIDS, TB and malaria, we need strong commitments from both donor and implementing countries,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Friends’ Board Chair and chairman at Rabin Martin, a global health strategy consulting firm. “The U.S. is in an ideal position to bring together partners to invest in the Global Fund. This will ensure that the Global Fund can continue its vital work against AIDS, TB and malaria and reinforce its efforts to strengthen health systems and advance health equity in local communities.”
ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA:
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria advocates for U.S. support of the Global Fund, and the goal to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.theglobalfight.org.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL FUND:
The Global Fund is a partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. As an international organization, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests more than US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries. In partnership with governments, civil society, technical agencies, the private sector, faith-based organizations and people affected by the diseases, we are challenging barriers and embracing innovation. Learn more at https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/overview.