Towards sustainable and universal health coverage in times of Covid-19


November 18th 2020, 03.30 – 6.00pm CET (Time zone Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris)

The Global Fund against HIV, TB and Malaria has been active in more than 100 countries over the past 18 years. With the support of the Global Fund, over 38 million lives have been saved in these countries. But when these countries transition to a higher income status or achieve a lower disease burden, the Global Fund must reduce its support.

By 2025 more than 20 countries will lose eligibility status at the Global Fund. That means, these countries will have to cope with reduced external financing and technical support. Even though the Global Fund supports countries to prepare for successful transitions, those processes remains to be complex situations for the countries involved, further aggravated by the COVID 19 crisis.

Friends of the Global Fund Europe have already organized a conference on this important topic in 2018. With a follow-up online conference, briefly before the G20 summit in Riyadh, Friends of the Global Fund Europe want to sustain the debate about what relevant actors might contribute in order to make sure that these transitions processes are as successful as possible.

The conference will be streamed live at YouTube and Facebook

Our Programme  : (upload the PDF)


3.30 – 3.35pm

Welcome by initiator and host
• Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, fmr German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Vice-President Friends of the Global Fund Europe

3.35 – 3.45pm

Keynote: Sustainability and transition from external funding as key to SDG3
• Kara Hanson, Professor of Health System Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

3.45 – 4.15pm   

Dialogue: The European Challenge: From the Riga Declaration to the new EU focus on global health
• Dr Katarina Barley, Vice President of the European Parliament
• Andris Piebals, fmr EU Commissioner for Development
Moderation Dr Jakob Simmank

4.15 – 4.30pm : Comfort Break

4.30 – 4.45pm

Case Presentation: Ukraine’s path towards transition
• Dr Igor Kuzin, Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine

4.45 – 5.10pm 

Dialogue: Protecting the vulnerable and leaving no one behind
• Raminta Stuikyte, Open Society Foundations
• Sonal Mehta, Regional Director, IPPF SARO
Moderation Dr Jakob Simmank

5.10 – 5.45pm 

Reflections: How to strengthen partnerships for transition
• Matthew MacGregor,Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
• Agnes Soucat, Director of Health Financing and Governance, WHO
• Birgit Pickel, Deputy Director General, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
• Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
Moderation Dr Jakob Simmank