This year’s World Malaria Day theme, “Zero Malaria Starts With Me,” re-energizes the fight to eliminate malaria, which, though preventable and treatable, still kills more than half a million people every year.
The Global Fund announced on its website on 5 September that India will host the preparatory meeting for the Sixth Replenishment in New Delhi, on 8 February 2019.
The purpose of the preparatory meeting is “to provide Global Fund partners with key information on the impact to be achieved and the financial resources needed to end the epidemics by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals,” the Fund says.
Peter Sands calls for increases in funding from implementing countries and for health’s share of ODA
“It is a false dichotomy to have a tension between Universal Health Care or ‘ending the epidemic’,” said Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands at the 22nd International AIDS conference, where scores of formal and thousands of informal discussions focused on the need to integrate HIV testing, care and treatment into the broader global health agenda.
The Global Fund should review the scope, purpose and role of its country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs), said three donor constituencies on the Board – Switzerland, Germany and France – in a position paper released recently.
African governments must increase domestic funding for malaria in the face of reduced Global Fund allocations
There has been significant progress towards malaria elimination in sub-Saharan Africa.
Report calls for a fully funded Global Fund and a focus on the leadership of networks of key populations
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires not only a fully funded Global Fund, but also an approach that focuses strongly on the leadership of networks of key and vulnerable populations to deliver results.
Reaction to the size of The Global Fund’s 5th Replenishment target has been somewhat muted so far, despite the fact that at $13 billion, it is $2 billion lower than the target for the last replenishment, and despite the global push to ending the epidemics by 2030 as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Executive Director Mark Dybul provided the Board with a report that celebrated the Global Fund’s achievements but also challenged the Fund to do better on a number of fronts.
The Global Fund Advocates Network – following on from its successful Twitter conversation that called for increased donor and domestic funding to reach the SDGs (see GFO article here) – has sent an open letter to the Global Fund Board and executive director urging the Fund to aim higher than the $15 billion 2014-2016 replenishment