Alliance welcomes UK pledge of £1.1 billion to the Global Fund

The fifth replenishment of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has closed with countries pledging a total of $12.9 billion to the multilateral fund.

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The UK Government’s commitment of £1.1 billion is particularly good news, and came amid encouraging comments by the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, about HIV in recent days.

The UK's commitment to the Fund is significant and welcome and will make a strong contribution to the overall amount needed to get close to ending AIDS.

The Political Declaration agreed at the 2016 High Level Meeting on AIDS urged member states to “commit to increasing and fully funding the AIDS response from all sources, including from innovative financing, and reaching overall financial investments in developing countries of at least $ 26 billion per year by 2020, as estimated by UNAIDS.”

Currently, the world spends approximately $20 billion per year, leaving a funding gap of roughly $6 billion.

Recent research by UNAIDS raised the prospect of failing to end AIDS without a renewed focus on the key population groups who are disproportionately affect by HIV, including LGBT people, men who have sex with men, sex workers and people who use drugs.

It is vital that the HIV response championed by states like the UK acknowledges the role of human rights, ensuring that key population groups have equal access to prevention and treatment. That means continuing to work with and building the capacity of community-led key population groups who are close to the HIV response and therefore best placed to lead it.