Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address Global Fund Pledges
Donor countries, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector on Tuesday pledged $12 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis at its replenishment meeting. The following summary of opinion pieces and editorial discuss the Global Fund and its work.
- Lucy Chesire, Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog: “Come 2014, it’s exciting to know that the funds raised today will be disbursed to priority countries where the burden of tuberculosis, HIV and malaria is highest,” Chesire, a TB-HIV advocate from Kenya and board member of the Global Fund Board Communities Delegation, writes. “The Global Fund’s strategic investment provides the greatest opportunity to end the three diseases,” she says, concluding, “Let’s not lose momentum now, let’s leave Washington, D.C., this week and recommit to finding the collective political will to fully fund the Global Fund and see just how much further we can be in three years if we invest now” (12/3).
- Tom Hart, Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog: “As we move forward, it is crucial that donors provide additional resources to the Global Fund to turn the tide against these three killer diseases,” Hart, U.S. executive director of ONE, writes. “It is entirely possible — but not inevitable — that this generation will be the last to suffer from the disease. The only variable is whether there is the will to make it happen,” he concludes (12/3).
- Julio Montaner, Huffington Post British Columbia Blog: Noting “the government of Canada announced $650 million in new funding over three years for the Global Fund,” Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre For Excellence In HIV/AIDS, writes, “Canada’s newly announced contributions are not nearly enough, especially when compared to our international peers.” He continues, “I urge the Harper government to … match our peers’ contributions to the Global Fund” (12/3).
- Anchorage Daily News: “Congress should make good on the [U.S.] pledge, and our delegation of Sens. Lisa Murkowski [R] and Mark Begich [D] and Rep. Don Young [R] should be leaders in the appropriation,” the Alaskan newspaper writes, concluding, “Support for the Global Fund is one of those constant threads of good in the work of the United States in the world. Let’s keep it strong” (12/3).