Global Fund Campaign Kick-off!
“The Global Fund is one of the best and kindest things people have ever done for one another. It is a fantastic vehicle for scaling up the treatments and preventive tools we have today—to make sure they reach the people who need them.”
– Bill Gates
2019 Replenishment for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Forget losing inches, let’s gain some dollars!
It’s a brand new year and though we’re supportive of all your resolutions, we think the RESULTS community can do one better and reach some significant advocacy goals in 2019—let’s get Canada to commit to a fully funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2019!
The Global Fund
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, often referred to as the Global Fund, is the leading international funder to fight these three global epidemics. It is a partnership between governments, the private sector, civil society, and people affected by the diseases to pool the world’s resources to invest strategically in programs around the world for the people most affected by HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria.
The Global Fund works with recipient governments, NGOs, and partners to invest in evidence-based interventions. Grants are focused on countries with the highest burden of each disease and the lowest economic capacity. These grants range in interventions and can include support for health care workers, drug procurement, community outreach, purchasing and distributing malaria bed nets, and various other programs based on country- and community-level needs.
Canada and the Global Fund
Canada is a top donor to the Global Fund. In fact, Canada has been a key donor since the Global Fund’s inception and currently holds a seat on the Global Fund Board. In 2016, Canada hosted a very successful 5th replenishment conference in Montreal. It was clear during that conference that Canadians care about fighting these diseases and believe Canada has a strong role to play.
As of 2017, the Global Fund has made its value to the world clear:
- The Global Fund has saved 27 million lives to date.
- AIDS-related deaths have declined 40% in Global Fund countries since 2002.
- Malaria deaths have declined 42% in Global Fund countries since 2002.
- TB deaths have declined 21% in Global Fund countries since 2002.
- The Global Fund continues to grow and adapt, increasingly focusing on gender, sustainability, science, human rights, and strengthening systems for health.
A TB’s survivor story
Louie was diagnosed at age 24 with TB. At the time, she had been planning to take her board exam to become an architect and to start her career. Instead, she found herself going through years of treatment and ended up losing her vision permanently. Louie was finally diagnosed with drug-resistant TB and was provided free treatment at a clinic funded by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Louie has a message: ending TB is within our reach, but to do this “we need to keep investing in Global Fund.” Watch Louie’s story here: https://youtu.be/tvNkWitJEV8
The 2019 Replenishment
2019 marks the 6th global replenishment cycle, where donors from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors will come together to recommit to ending these epidemics. With a successful 6th replenishment, the Global Fund can ensure it continues to save millions of lives around the world. A fully funded Global Fund in 2019 will also ensure the world does not lose ground against these infectious diseases and see resurgences flare up around the globe.
The campaign context
- It’s an election year—that means we have to be ahead of the rest of the world and work to ensure a pledge from Canada before parliament breaks for the summer in June.
- The rest of the world is facing increasing populism and moves against multilateralism. But that’s not what Canadians stand for. We need to make it clear to our decision-makers that Canadians support smart investments in the health and welfare of people all over the world, and the Global Fund has an excellent track record of doing just that.
- Arc of the campaign: we’ll need to build up our support over the next few months. That means we’ll have changing actions and outreach, beginning with education and awareness-raising, moving towards a specific monetary ask from the Canadian Government, and culminating in a celebration and funding announcement from Canada!