Friday, May 20, 2022
Friends of the Global Fund Europe
Germany announces € 1.2 billion to the Global Fund, a first step towards the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030
Today, Friday, May 20 2022, the budget committee of the German Bundestag decided to allocate appropriations for the Global Fund amounting to €1.2 billion for the years 2023-2025. This would equal a 20% increase compared to the €1 billion pledge for the years 2020-2022 that Germany made at the last Replenishment Conference in Lyon in 2019.
Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, former German Minister for Cooperation and Economic Development and Vice President of Friends of the Global Fund Europe, welcomed the decision: « Development Minister Svenja Schulze has reaffirmed Germany’s commitment to the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria despite a very turbulent European and international context. The German G7 presidency has driven a number of important initiatives in global health this year. This signal of unwavering support to the Global Fund is one that I particularly welcome and applaud.”
In its investment case published last February, the Global Fund estimated at least $18 billion were needed to fight HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, to strengthen health systems and reinforce pandemic preparedness. This amount – which represents a 30% increase over the $14 billion calculated in 2019 for the years 2020-2022 – will have to be raised at the Global Fund’s next Replenishment Conference to be held in the United States next fall.
The challenge is all the more vital that as for the first time in 20 years, the fight against the three diseases has stepped back, taking us further away from the Sustainable Development Goals to be reached by 2030. Every minute, a child dies of malaria; every week, 5,000 young women are newly infected with HIV; tuberculosis is the deadliest infectious disease after Covid-19.