Current Level Of Support For Global Fund Must Be Maintained, Increased To End HIV, TB, Malaria Epidemics By 2030

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Fueling the Global Fund
Editorial Board

“…Since [the Global Fund was established in] 2002 there have certainly been major reductions in deaths and disease … Maintaining this progress is vital to end the [HIV, TB, and malaria] epidemics as public health threats and meet Sustainable Development Goal 3 — health and well-being for all — by 2030. There are, however, challenges to be faced in staying on track towards the 2030 target. … The USA has historically been the biggest donor, providing nearly a third of contributions. But at a time when the U.S. administration seems more concerned with building barriers between people than uniting them, the future level of contribution remains uncertain. … Perhaps it’s time for the governments of rapidly growing economies to take up some of the slack from traditional donors. [Jeffrey] Sachs and colleagues suggest that China, a former recipient of Global Fund support but now the world’s second largest economy, should become a donor. These authors also suggest that to achieve its targets the Global Fund should be asking for at least twice the $14 billion it has requested, and that this gap in funding should be filled by donations from the pockets of the world’s billionaires. … [A]t the very least the current level of support for the Global Fund needs to be maintained or we risk losing the gains that have been made…” (2/1).