World Leaders Just Made History
This is a guest blog post by Jenny Ottenhof, Policy Director, Global Health at The ONE Campaign.
Last weekend, world leaders came together in Montreal, Canada to make history, raising nearly US$13 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. These pledges amount to the largest multilateral commitment to a global health project ever, which will replenish the world’s “war chest” to fight HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria for the next three years.
In addition to the billions pledges by governments, private donors stepped up big this year committing US$250 million, more than twice as much as in the previous period.
But we’re not just celebrating the funding; we’re celebrating the real impact that this money will unlock. The Global Fund’s support — along with other donors, the private sector, and the investments made by countries themselves — has already saved 20 million lives. The pledges made at the replenishment conference will save an additional 8 million lives in the next three years.
This isn’t the end of the effort — it’s just the beginning. We hope other donors will step up for the Global Fund in the months to come. And we’ll be watching all donors closely to make sure they deliver the funds they have promised.
But today, we hope you’ll help us celebrate.