19 September 2016 (Geneva, Switzerland) — The International AIDS Society (IAS) enthusiastically welcomed the news that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria had raised US$ 12.9 billion at its 5th Replenishment Conference, held in Montreal. The amount raised, just shy of the Global Fund’s US$ 13 billion goal, is nearly one billion more than the amount raised at the 4th Replenishment in 2013.
This year’s conference saw over three-dozen national governments, foundations, and members of the private sector pledge their support to the Global Fund. The IAS applauded this impressive show of leadership and clear expression of solidarity in the global fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. “The Global Fund’s success rests on the close partnerships between donors, implementers and civil society at every step of the way,” said Owen Ryan, Executive Director of the IAS and a Board Member for the Global Fund. “What we saw at this year’s Replenishment was affirmation of that. In the months leading up to the conference, advocates from around the world called for a ‘fully funded Global Fund’—it’s clear now that the donors were listening.”
Since its founding in 2002, the Global Fund has helped save 20 million lives and reduce the number of AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections by 40% and 36%, respectively, in the countries where it works. The resources pledged this weekend will allow the Global Fund to expand these efforts and extend access to life-saving HIV treatment, prevention and care services to millions more. Crucially, they will go toward closing the gap in care for many of those who continue to be disproportionately affected by the epidemic, including key populations and young women.
Despite these successes and the great promises that the results of this year’s Replenishment hold, the Global Fund is only one piece of the puzzle. There is much more that needs to be done, and time is running out. “We know that if we are to truly get ahead of the curve with HIV and reach epidemiologic control, we must dramatically scale up our efforts in the next four years,” said Linda-Gail Bekker, President of the IAS. “That is our window. The results of this year’s Replenishment are a giant step forward, but now all our partners in this fight must follow suit or we may lose this unique opportunity.”
About the International AIDS Society (IAS)
Founded in 1988, the International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members from more than 180 countries. IAS members work on all fronts of the global response to AIDS and include researchers, clinicians, policy and programme planners, and public health and community practitioners. For more information visit: www.iasociety.org
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