Alliance applauds UK's role as champion of international development

The Alliance has responded to today’s announcement by the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, that the UK government is to commit £1 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria over the next three years.

For many years we have been working with others across the UK and internationally to secure the financial resources necessary to allow the Global Fund to deliver its full potential of bringing these three diseases under control. This outstanding UK commitment, which represents a doubling of what they delivered in the last three years, should be celebrated as a huge step towards making this a reality.

According to Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance:

“We applaud the UK government's announcement today that they will give £1 billion over the next three years if the Global Fund Fourth Replenishment goal of $15 billion is met. It marks an important moment in the UK’s role as a champion of international development and we trust that this commitment will influence other donors such as Germany, France and Japan and Australia to step up and match the ambition shown by the UK.

“If all donors now meet the $15 billion target then the UK’s pledge will save millions of lives devastated by AIDS, TB and malaria and enable us to finally bring these deadly diseases under control. It will provide the critical investment needed to take full advantage of highly cost effective interventions that are open to us. We know that every $1 invested in HIV combination prevention delivers a return of $12 so today’s pledge not only saves lives but also provides real value for money.

"If the $15 billion replenishment goal is met, the UK’s contribution represents 10% of the total. What is less clear is what happens if that magic figure is not met. We will continue to work with the UK government to secure a successful Global Fund replenishment so that this pledge means an additional 750,000 people living with HIV gain access to antiretroviral therapy."

We are confident that the UK government will go this extra mile because of its proud history in supporting the Global Fund, both financially and politically, over the last few years. Not only has the UK brought forward financial commitments when the Fund faced a funding shortfall in 2011 but it also played a key role in chairing the Global Fund Board from 2011 to 2013. During this period, the Global Fund implemented a range of reforms which has made it an even more effective mechanism for saving lives.

Today’s commitment takes us a giant step closer towards bringing the AIDS pandemic under control. By investing in the right HIV interventions for those that need them we can reach a ‘tipping point’ - where the number of people gaining access to life saving drugs is higher than the number of new HIV infections. The UK government has recognised that we have this incredible opportunity to defeat AIDS in our lifetime. We join their call for other international donors to help make this vision a reality.

Read the full press statement from the Department for International Development.