The Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is widely regarded as one of the most effective and efficient funding mechanisms for combating these deadly, yet preventable, diseases. Canada has been a reliable contributor to the Global Fund at its replenishment conferences every three years. We congratulate the Canadian government on hosting the last the conference In September, 2016 in Montreal and for its generous pledge of $804 million for the period 2017 - 2019. This amount reflects more than a 20% increase over the last replenishment.
Increased investment in the Global Fund is critical because of the historic opportunity to end the epidemics. The evidence- and rights-based services the Global Fund supports reach communities that need it the most. If the goal of eradicating AIDS by 2030 is to be achieved, it is imperative that the fight be ramped up now. To under-fund the Global Fund at this point in time is to allow the frightening possibility of slowing or even reversing the progress being made against AIDS, TB and Malaria.