Despite Record Level of Support, Global Fund Replenishment Falls Short
Highlights Risks of Further Backsliding without Additional Resources
Washington, DC, September 22, 2022 – As the Global Fund concludes its 7th Replenishment meeting, Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) calls for increased funding from national governments, as well as the private and philanthropic sectors, to regain lost ground in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria and to put the world back on track to meet global goals.
Over the past 20 years, the Global Fund has invested more than $53 billion, saving 44 million lives and reducing the combined death rate from HIV, TB, and malaria by more than half in the countries in which it invests. The investment case the organization laid out at the beginning of the 7th Replenishment process called for at least $18 billion, the minimum required to regain the ground lost in efforts to end HIV, TB and malaria, to build resilient and sustainable systems for health and strengthen pandemic preparedness, and to make the world more equitable and safer from future threats.
At this week’s pledging conference, which took place on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, donors committed $14.25B, the largest ever mobilized to combat the three diseases. It is impressive that in such a challenging environment — a global pandemic, a war, and currency fluctuations, to name just a few factors — donors truly stepped up. However, as the Global Fund’s Investment Case makes clear, without mobilizing a minimum of $18 billion, the world will be unable to get back on track toward ending HIV, TB, and malaria.
“While FCAA applauds the combined efforts of national governments and civil society, as well as the private and philanthropic sectors to reach this milestone, it’s clear our work must continue,” said FCAA Interim Executive Director, Sarah Hamilton. “Though it is certainly disappointing that the full amount the Global Fund targeted has not yet been met, we hope that all stakeholders — other funders as well as donor governments — continue to allocate the necessary resources.”
COVID-19 has had a catastrophic impact on the HIV response. We are witnessing the reversal of hard won gains: HIV testing fell by 22% and prevention services by 11%. New enrollment on antiretroviral therapy has fallen, as well. It is essential that we regain this lost ground.
Though the formal Replenishment meeting has come to an end, resource mobilization continues. Therefore, FCAA calls on all stakeholders to continue to fight for what counts.
“The contributions of private philanthropy, though only 2% of global resources for HIV and AIDS, are an important complement to government resources,” said Hamilton. “Advocacy – arguably the biggest lever to help mobilize the fight against HIV and AIDS – is largely funded from private resources. Therefore, one of the single most important things the private sector can do is fund the advocacy that is necessary to keep pushing governments to fulfil their commitments.”
About Funders Concerned About AIDS
FCAA is a philanthropy-serving organization (PSO) founded in 1987 to take bold actions and push philanthropy to respond to HIV. FCAA informs, connects, and supports philanthropy to mobilize resources to end the global HIV pandemic and build the social, political and economic commitments necessary to attain health, human rights, and justice for all.