May 15, 2023
Friends Welcomes Recommitment to Ending HIV, TB and Malaria epidemics
in G7 Leaders’ and Health Ministers’ Communique
Washington, D.C. – Friends of the Global Fight welcomes a recommitment to ending the HIV, TB and malaria epidemics, as well as further support for the Global Fund’s seventh replenishment, in the 2023 G7 Health Ministers’ Communique released Sunday. The ministers also released a Universal Health Coverage Action Plan.
“The health ministers’ communique is an important reaffirmation of global support for the Sustainable Development Goal of ending the HIV, TB and malaria epidemics, and for the essential role of the Global Fund. We also welcome language in the communique that emphasizes the synergies of the Global Fund and other current programming with pandemic preparedness and border access to healthcare ,” said Chris Collins, the president and CEO of Friends. “Thank you to the Biden administration for its leadership and unflagging efforts to ensure global health is a priority at the G7.”
The G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting was held on May 13-14 in Nagasaki, Japan, ahead of the official G7 summit starting later this week in Hiroshima.
“The G7 commitment sends a powerful message,” said Jeff Sturchio, Friends’ Board chair and past chairman and CEO of Rabin Martin, a global health impact consultancy. “At a time when the future of the global health architecture is being debated, it is extremely valuable to see an emphasis on finding synergies in global programs in pursuit of universal health coverage and pandemic preparedness.”
May 22 update:
“Thank you to President Biden, and all of the G7 leaders, for recommitting to ending the HIV, TB and malaria epidemics as part of Sustainable Development Goal 3 and encouraging world leaders to continue investing in the life-saving work of the Global Fund,” said Chris Collins, President and CEO, Friends of the Global Fight, on the G7 Hiroshima Leaders’ Communiqué.
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 www.theglobalfund.org.