September 27, 2010
BusinessDay reports that following last week's Millennium Development Goal (MDG) summit at the U.N. in New York, advocates "have called on rich nations to double their pledges to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, saying it desperately needs more money if the world is to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015." According to the article, the advocates are concerned that the $40 billion maternal and child health initiative announced by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week at the summit "might divert money and attention from the Global Fund."
"We are delighted that the world has woken up to the fact that efforts to tackle child mortality and maternal health are off track -- but politicians are making a grave and foolish error if they think they can deal with this at the expense of the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria," Rachel Ong of the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS said. "Maternal health and child mortality goals have no place being pitted in competition with action to tackle AIDS, TB and malaria," she added.
Next month at its replenishment meeting, the Global Fund hopes to secure "resources for the next three years, and has already said it needs" between $13 billion and $20 billion. Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund said, "It's the year where we will know whether we will collectively reach or fail in our efforts to reach the MDGs. Despite the difficult global economic climate, we need long-standing donor countries to increase contributions to the Global Fund significantly, new donors to come ... with pledges, and to expand our efforts to secure additional, innovative ways of funding international health efforts."
BusinessDay reports that "[t]wo-thirds of all international funding for fighting malaria, TB and AIDS flows via the Global Fund, and many of its programmes support the health-related" MDGs.
According to the article, Treatment Action Campaign's Vuyiseka Dubula said, "The goal of universal access to (HIV/AIDS) treatment won't be met without more money and human resources. The Global Fund has been the most successful funding international mechanism (for such programmes)" (Khan, 9/27).
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