Thanks to all the Champions who joined this week’s Advocacy Webinar. If you couldn’t make it, click here to view the presentation and recording. At this webinar, we discussed all things Global Fund in the leadup to the Seventh Replenishment in September.
The Global Fund: Fight for What Counts – Today, Tomorrow, Til the Job is Finished
The Replenishment of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria happens occurs 3 years, and we are excited that this Seventh Cycle is being hosted in the United States.
During the Replenishment, donor countries make pledges to meet the Global Fund’s funding goals to deploy programs aimed at defeating HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. For this Replenishment cycle, the Global Fund is looking for at least US$18 billion in funding to fight HIV, TB and malaria and build stronger systems for health, which reinforces pandemic preparedness.
The $18 billion dollars requested by the Global Fund is sourced by donor governments from across the world. The remaining funding comes from the private sector, foundations and innovative financing initiatives.
The United States and the Global Fund
The United States has long been a driving force in the global fight against HIV, TB and malaria through its bilateral programs and its robust support of the Global Fund and other multilateral organizations.
Since the founding of the Global Fund in 2002, the United States has been the largest donor and has helped shape the Global Fund’s strategic direction and policies. The United States has contributed US$20.97 billion to the global fund since the program started.
U.S. support for the Global Fund is a strategic investment in the U.S. economy. The millions of people whose lives have been saved through Global Fund-supported programs live in countries that are critical trade partners to the United States. The Global Fund, like the United States, is committed to helping governments increase their own investments in fighting HIV, TB and malaria, and it works with them on planning for an eventual transition from international assistance
Since the Global Fund Replenishment is hosted in 3-year cycles, it is vitally important that we continue to remain present in our advocacy. When the U.S. makes a pledge during the replenishment it is up to Congress to make good on that pledge. This means that since the U.S. budget is proposed and approved on an annual basis, it is up to us as Champions and advocates to meet with Members of Congress to ask for the U.S. annual budget funding for the Global Fund to make good on the pledge made during the Replenishment.
Additionally, by law, the U.S. can only cover up to 33% of the Global Fund’s total budget. That means that for every $1 the U.S. contributes, the Global Fund must secure $2 from other donors.
As the U.S. prepares to host the Global Fund replenishment in September, the Administration has signaled the U.S. will pledge $6 billion at this year’s conference. However, a pledge from the administration still needs to be included in the approved budget over the course of three years. With Congress firmly divided and a presidential election in 2024 – before the next scheduled Replenishment cycle in 2025 – it continues to be important that we raise our voice in support of the Global Fund.
Advocacy Look Ahead: September Meetings with Congress
As we gear up for the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment this Fall, we will be meeting with Congress to raise our voices in support of a strong pledge from the United States to inspire other nations and donors to fully fund the Global Fund. These meetings will take place digitally on Thursday, September 8th.
Register here for our next Advocacy Webinar on Monday 8/08 at 6pm EST.
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