We, as partners in the Bridging the Gaps programme, believe that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has achieved incredible results in just over 10 years since its creation in 2002. Since that time, the Global Fund has provided AIDS treatment for 5.3 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 11 million people and 340 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria. The Global Fund has become the main financier of over 1000 AIDS, TB and malaria programmes at over $22 billion in 151 countries.
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Through appropriate levels of investments now, we have an opportunity to defeat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria within our lifetime and to decrease costs over time if we recommit and fully fund the Global Fund. This requires a US$15 billion investment and ongoing resource mobilization aimed at engaging new donors and innovative financing mechanisms.
We call on all donors and implementing countries:
- Recommit to the goals of increased strategic investments and scaling up of treatment, prevention, care and support programmes for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
- Fully fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria by collectively committing at least US$15 billion in this replenishment year in new contributions for 2014-2016.
- Recommit to increased domestic investments targets for health and increased total health expenditure per capita in all countries affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.