Global Fund Should ‘Change Its Narrative’ To Include UHC

The Lancet: Offline: Can the Global Fund survive?
Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet

“France will host the Sixth Replenishment Conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2019. … The Fund’s executive director, Peter Sands, together with the chair of the Board, Aida Kurtović, must seize the opportunity to write a new narrative for the Fund to enable it to adapt to its new political and economic environment. … The 2019 replenishment cannot be business as usual. … The present era is about one big idea — sustainability. In health, that means universal health coverage (UHC): strong health systems based on effective primary health care. AIDS-focused institutions, including the Global Fund, must broaden their mandates to address this larger objective of global health. This means an ‘ATM plus’ strategy: AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria plus UHC. … The next four months will be a time to decide whether the Global Fund has the courage to change its narrative. It will also be the time when Europe has the opportunity to lead not only the strengthening of the Global Fund, but also the birth of a new era of global leadership for the continent” (7/7).

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