Parliamentary Report Calls On U.K. To Increase Donation To Global Fund

In a report released last week, Members of Parliament (MPs) on the International Development Committee urged the U.K. to increase its donation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to a Committee press release (5/22). “Ministers have said they will increase the commitment, but the MPs are concerned that this money” — pledged by ministers over a year ago — “has not yet been delivered, nor the amount of the increase confirmed,” BBC News writes (Dreaper, 5/22).

“Delaying an increase in the U.K.’s contribution to a troubled disease-fighting fund until next year could cost lives in poor countries, MPs have said,” the U.K. Press Association notes. “We urge the U.K. government to listen to the findings of this report and commit to doubling the amount of money they give to the Global Fund,” Oxfam’s head of development finance, Anna Marriott, said, according to the news service (5/22). “Britain’s current pledge is 384 million pounds [approximately $606.6 million] for 2012 to 2015, subject to reform at the organization,” the Guardian adds (Tran, 5/22).