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Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are among the most widespread infectious diseases worldwide. The objective to eradicate these global epidemics by 2030 was adopted in September 2015 as Goal 3.3 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

An important instrument in the efforts to achieve this goal is the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (known as the "Global Fund" for short). The decision to set up this fund was taken at the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on HIV and AIDS in New York in June 2001. The Fund does not implement its own programmes, it funds national actions to fight the three diseases, thereby promoting government ownership. It also fosters civil society and private sector involvement.

More than a third of the funding allocated by the Global Fund is used to build resilient health systems, which are the basis for successfully fighting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Approximately 60 per cent of all investment benefits programmes that improve health services in particular for women and girls.

By the end of 2016, the Global Fund had made a total of 38 billion US dollars available worldwide. In autumn 2016, the fifth replenishment conference was held for the Global Fund. At the conference, donors pledged 12.9 billion US dollars for the period from 2017 to 2019.


Impacts

According to the Global Fund, notable successes were achieved in the period between 2002 and 2016: the 2017 Results Report states that the programmes supported by the Global Fund have helped to save some 22 million lives. By the end of 2019, that number is to increase to 36 million. In the countries, where the Fund provided support, the number of people dying from AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria has dropped significantly.

Some 11 million people living with HIV have been given access to drugs that reduce the viral load and thus lower the risk of infection; 17.4 million people have been treated for tuberculosis. Roughly 795 million bed nets have been distributed to protect people from malaria.


German contribution

Germany has committed more than 2.5 billion euros (as at May 2018) to the Fund since it was set up in 2002. With a contribution of 810 million euros for the period from 2017 to 2019, Germany is the fund’s fourth largest public donor. Since September 2012, the Federal Republic of Germany has had its own seat on the board of the Fund.

Germany is also represented on the Strategy Committee of the Global Fund. The German government is committed to ensuring that the Global Fund is an efficient and effective institution. Germany has played a critical role in recent years in helping the Fund make its work more transparent.

Germany's involvement focuses on areas such as strengthening national health systems, involving civil society and self-help groups for those affected and promoting gender equality and human rights. Germany aims to create synergies with other organisations, such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Germany is particularly committed to ensuring that Global Fund investments are sustainable and have a long-term impact even once the funding has ended.


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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Chemin de Blandonnet 8
1214 Vernier

Switzerland
Phone: +41 / 22 / 7 91 17 00
Fax: +41 / 22 / 7 91 17 01

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