Global Fund welcomes UK contribution to COVID-19 response system
February 25, 2022
Geneva – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria welcomes the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s decision to donate £60 million to the COVID-19 response mechanism.
This new contribution will help low- and middle-income countries receive diagnosis and treatment, including medical oxygen, to fight COVID-19. It will also help in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on HIV, tuberculosis and malaria control programmes.
The contribution, which is part of the UK’s wider commitment to support vulnerable countries in the fight against COVID-19, follows a 2021 announcement by the UK Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, to help countries combat COVID-19. £105 million in emergency aid could be promised to help -19 variants, including the Omicron variant.
“We have seen the devastating impact of the pandemic on our friends around the world and here in the UK,” commented Amanda Milling, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development in charge of global health. “That’s why the UK is providing £60 million for the Global Fund to help fight the spread of new variants and save lives in vulnerable countries. No one is safe until we’re all safe.”
A founding member and longtime partner, the UK is the third largest donor to the Global Fund.
Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund, said: “The UK’s steadfast support of the Global Fund over the past two decades has contributed significantly to strengthening health systems around the world, promoting human rights and challenging gender barriers.” “As we fight COVID-19, we are extremely grateful for the UK’s commitment to supporting the global response to the pandemic and protecting the hard-earned gains in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria. »
As of January 2022, the Global Fund has approved US$4.1 billion to more than 100 countries to help them optimize their lifesaving programs to fight HIV, TB and malaria, as well as provide them with testing, treatment and therapy. Urgently strengthen health workers and their vulnerable health systems to provide supplies, protect their frontline.
The Global Fund will hold its seventh replenishment conference in the United States in the second half of 2022. The conference will bring together leaders from government, civil society, the private sector and communities affected by the three most devastating infectious diseases.