Canada, where’s our pledge to the Global Fund?
This December, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is asking donor countries for a replenishment of $15 billion so that it can scale up life-saving programs around the world. Since 2002, the Global Fund has provided 4.2 million people with AIDS treatments, 9.7 million people with anti-tuberculosis treatments and distributed 310 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria.
We are at a tipping point in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria with the US, UK, and Australia, among others, all announcing increased funding to the Global Fund in advance of the pledging conference. But where is Canada’s pledge?
Join us today in asking Minister of International Development Christian Paradis to commit $750 million over three years to the Global Fund to ensure the future of this lifesaving mechanism.
Where is Canada in all of this? We are currently the 6th largest donor to the Global Fund, and still we have not yet come to the table with a pledge for the upcoming replenishment period. Without a substantially increased contribution from Canada, the Global Fund is in danger of not reaching its funding goal, and all progress made toward eradicating these three diseases risks being reversed.
But with the Canadian government attempting to balancing the budget by 2016, international development priorities are getting pushed to the side and budgets slashed. If we turn our attention away now, we run the risk of reversing all the incredible progress that has been made.