Italy increases its contribution to the Global Fund by 15%
Friends of the Global Fund Europe welcomes the announcement, but stresses that resources are still insufficient to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
At the G20 meeting that began yesterday, Tuesday 15 November 2022 in Bali, Indonesia, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni announced that Italy would contribute €185million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the years 2023-2025.
This pledge represents a 15% increase on the last pledge made in 2019 at the 6th Global Fund Replenishment Conference held in Lyon, France, in 2019.
Stefano Vella, Vice-Chair of Friends of the Global Fund Europe for Italy, said: « We welcome the increase of Italy’s contribution to the Global Fund, which underlines the importance of this institution not only to effectively fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, but also to strengthen health systems and prepare the world for future pandemics. The international community has set itself the goal of ending the three diseases by 2030, and to do so it must redouble its efforts”.
To date, of the USD18 billion the Global Fund needed for the next three years, USD15.67 billion have been raised.
« Let’s take this pledge as a first step towards increasing resource mobilisation so that a minimum of USD18 billion can be reached in the very near future, » adds Stefano Vella. « At a time when political, humanitarian, health and climate crises are multiplying, States must join forces, show even more political will and invest in multilateral mechanisms that are a strong symbol of successful cooperation between all the actors concerned and whose impact can be counted in millions of lives saved”.
Friends of the Global Fund Europe will continue to advocate towards European governments to ensure that the Global Fund’s goals and those adopted by the United Nations are met as soon as possible.