The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created in 2002 in response to three of the deadliest infectious diseases the world has ever known.
More than 60 countries have made contributions to the Global Fund, with The UK playing an important role, helping to save 27 million lives since 2002.
I recently joined 43 MPs in a joint letter to the Government calling on the Government to continue our investment through the Department for International Development.
Continued investment from the UK will play a pivotal role in helping to save a further 16 million lives across the three diseases between 2021 and 2023 –as well as accelerating progress towards universal health coverage.
I know many people have concerns about international aid, but the Global Fund represents smart aid investment. Since 2002, it has helped to reduce the number of people dying from AIDS, TB and malaria by one-third in countries where it invests.
A co-operative approach means our investment is amplified by leveraging domestic resources from endemic countries, as well as the private sector. Between 2018 and 2020, countries supported by the Global Fund have increased their own investment in health by more than 40% relative to 2015-2017.
The Global Fund has also been recognised by Publish What You Fund’s 2018 Aid Transparency Index as one of the most transparent organisations.
I’m pleased to say that the Government responded positively to our letter and announced our continued contribution at a meeting of the G20.
The outgoing International Development Secretary confirmed the details of this in a letter, which you can read in full below.