The commitments made by the United Kingdom and Italy to eradicate these deadly infectious diseases from the planet must be renewed.

The funding received from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria truly means the difference between life and death for many people. In the 20 years after the fund’s founding by world leaders, academics, and charitable funders, it is projected to have saved 50 million lives in low- and middle-income nations. During a conference last month to restock the fund, commitments from contributors totaled US$14.25 billion, setting a record but falling far short of the $18 billion goal.Follow more updates on ComingSoonNews !!!

Prior to the epidemic, 2.4 million people per year died from TB, AIDS, and malaria combined. However, there are worries that this number may have increased since, as a result of the resources being diverted to handle COVID-19 and the challenges people encountered in receiving treatment while under lockdown.

The Global Fund carried on with its operations in spite of these obstacles. Over 23 million people received antiretroviral medicine in 2021, over 5 million had TB treatment, and 133 million mosquito bed blankets sprayed with pesticide were distributed to prevent malaria.

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Infectious diseases have the ideal conditions to reemerge due to pandemics, climate change, and rising global instability. The Global Fund claims that during the next three years, 450 million infections might be prevented and another 20 million lives could be spared if it can reach its present target. Additionally, six nations could end malaria by 2026.

The majority of current government donors (as well as a few new ones) have stepped up and made pledges for the most recent funding round, which covers 2023–25. Many pledges are 20–30% more than what was offered in the round that covered 2020–22. The European Commission will donate $710 million, Germany will give $1.29 billion, Japan will give $1.08 billion, Canada will give $904 million, and France will give $1.59 billion.

The greatest donor to the fund, the United States, has thus far contributed $6 billion. US Vice President Joe Biden promised to donate $1 billion for every $2 billion that the fund obtains from other sources during the meeting last month. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is donating $912 million among philanthropic benefactors. Italy and the United Kingdom are noticeable exclusions from the funder list, though.

AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis lifesaving fund falls short of $18 billion goal

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An Indonesian health worker getting ready to immunise a youngster against tuberculosis

Italy contributed $178 million while the United Kingdom pledged $1.7 billion in the most recent fundraising round. This might potentially liberate more from the United States and move the fund closer to its goal if both nations made the same promises, and ideally more, to match the additional commitments made by others.

Political change is an issue that is postponing expenditure choices in Italy and the United Kingdom. Italy chose a new administration last month, and the UK replaced its prime leader. The Global Fund has stated in a statement that it is confident in the United Kingdom’s commitment, and the two nations have only a few weeks to confirm their support.

Both nations must promptly and explicitly express their intentions. We are aware that TB, malaria, and AIDS can be controlled or eradicated thanks to the experience of high-income nations.

Twenty years ago, the international community made the audacious decision to support the Global Fund’s establishment in order to eradicate deadly diseases from the planet. Slowing down now is not a good idea.



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