Monday, December 2, marked the start of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria’s Fourth Replenishment, at a two-day US government-hosted gathering of world leaders in Washington, DC. Highlights from the first day included:
- The announcement of a historic US commitment of up to $5 billion for 2014–2016, matching $1 for every $2 pledged to the Global Fund.
- The announcement that Canada is contributing CAD 650 million (US $555 million) for the 2014–2016 period, a pledge represents an increase of more than 20% from 2010, when Canada committed CAD 540 million to the Global Fund for the 2011–13 period.
- The announcement that the European Union is pledging €370 million (over US $500 million) for the 2014–2016 period.
The Replenishment—which will allow sustained funding over the 2104–2016 period so that the Global Fund can plan ahead and effectively support programs that prevent, care for, and treat people affected by HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria—comes just a week after the Global Fund announced new results showing increased momentum in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. With regard to malaria, the results show that the number of insecticide-treated nets distributed by programs supported by the Global Fund increased by 50 million by the end of 2013, taking the total number of nets to 360 million. A significant portion of the increase was due to expanded programs in Sudan, South Sudan and Nigeria.