This week, global leaders gathered in Washington, DC, to demonstrate leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria with financial commitments to the Global Fund. As updates continue to unfold, there is already much to celebrate.
President Obama announced a pledge of $5 billion over five years on behalf of the United States and encouraged other decision-makers to get involved by matching $1 for every $2 pledged by others through September 2014. Legislative restrictions prevent the US from funding more than 1/3 of the Global Fund, thus US commitments are conditional on support from other donors. So far, Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, among others, have also made significant contributions. Visit the Here I Am Campaign for live pledge status updates.
Private sector partners also convened this week to galvanize support of the Global Fund from a business perspective, since healthy people mean healthy economies. BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, Vale, and Roll Back Malaria announced contributions focused on malaria interventions. Rhonda Zygocki, executive vice president of Policy and Planning for Chevron Corporation, said, “Curing infectious diseases is not our key business, but it is essential to the success of our business.” Employees sick with malaria often miss work, shut down oil production, and result in a loss of revenue. Chevron’s commitment underscored that the fight against malaria is not only the right moral decision, it is the right business decision. Private donors seem to agree: those pledges have already totaled $600 million so far.
And while it has been noted that the $12 billion pledged over three years falls short of the $15 billion hoped for, it still represents a 30 percent increase over the funds raised in 2010.
In this video, the individuals who directly benefit from the Global Fund take a seat at the table to express gratitude to the donors for their lifesaving contributions. In an op-ed, Ann Romano, a volunteer with RESULTS, contrasts her easy access to malaria prevention and treatment with the experience of 9 year old Mercy, along with so many others who depend on the Global Fund to survive and thrive.
As we work toward a future where malaria is relegated to the history books, we are grateful for Global Fund’s contributions to our global progress. But the Global Fund cannot do it alone. Through Malaria No More’s Power of One campaign, each dollar you donate provides a potentially lifesaving malaria treatment for
a child in Zambia.
Whether you choose to raise money or raise your voice, we need both to make malaria history. To thank donors and join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #BeTheGeneration.
The Global Fund has saved 9 million lives. On the malaria front, the Fund has distributed 340 million bed nets. To learn about the Global Fund and how it works, watch this video.