Fight for What Counts: The Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment

Posted 12th April 2022 by Angella Nakamaanya

In 2002, in an act of extraordinary global solidarity and leadership, the world created the Global Fund to fight the world’s deadliest pandemics: HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

When the Global Fund was created 20 years ago, HIV, TB and malaria seemed unbeatable. But we have proven that with science, adequate resources, and effective global collaboration, we can force even the deadliest diseases into retreat. In just 20 years, the Global Fund partnership has saved 44 million lives and cut the death toll by 40%. We have faced impossible odds before, and we can do it again.

We’re in a crucial year for the fight against malaria, as the Seventh Global Fund Replenishment is set to take place in the autumn of 2022, hosted by the United States. The Global Fund mobilises and invests more than US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries.

A successful Seventh Replenishment of the Global Fund would save a further 20 million lives, reducing the mortality rate by 64 per cent across the three endemic diseases by 2026. To help accelerate real progress in the fight against the three diseases we’re calling on world leaders, the private sector, and philanthropists, to commit $18 billion to the Global Fund.

Deaths from malaria are at their highest for nearly a decade due to the emergence of new threats – plateaued funding, disruptions in malaria prevention and treatment due to COVID-19, humanitarian emergencies, and growing insecticide resistance reducing the effectiveness of existing tools to fight malaria. A child now dies from the disease every minute.

Key to the Global Fund’s success is developing and implementing innovative solutions and establishing strong country partnerships to solve tough global health challenges such as malaria. Innovative approaches to partnerships, financing, and catalytic investments include the rapid introduction, scale-up, and targeted delivery of new malaria interventions, improved supply chains, and stronger surveillance and lab capacity, and resulted in a 45% drop in malaria deaths. A fully replenished Global Fund would allow us to harness innovation to save more lives and maximize impact to bring the world closer to ending malaria.

Now is the moment to fight for what counts and protect everyone, everywhere from the deadliest infectious diseases and build a healthier, more equitable world.