The cancellation by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria of all new programming until 2014 is unacceptable. This decision will cost lives and cripple international efforts to deliver on health-related goals, breaking promises made to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, and punishing the Global Fund's success of the last ten years.
People living with HIV and their supporters, as well as communities affected by TB or malaria, are extremely concerned about the damage under-funding of the Global Fund is causing. We therefore demand that:
The Global Fund Board and Secretariat mobilise the resources necessary to scale-up the response to the three diseases through a new funding opportunity for 2012, estimated at US$2 billion.
Donors to the Global Fund – particularly governments – urgently deliver on the commitments they made to meet health goals and to fund the Global Fund at its Replenishment Meeting in 2010.
The Global Fund hold an emergency donor conference and issue a new call for proposals before the International AIDS Conference in July 2012 to fully fund the scale-up of programmes that will fundamentally changing the course of these three epidemics, and put the world on the path towards ending AIDS.
This is 200 days from 1 January. 200 days to save the Global Fund.
We cannot wait until 2014 for the Global Fund to support further scale-up of programmes and life-saving treatment. We urgently call on the Global Fund to meet the timeline above and for donors and affected countries to ensure that interventions with the highest impact on the three epidemics are supported.
The clock is ticking. Millions of lives are at stake.
Harm Reduction International has already signed this call to action alongside AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), Namibia & South Africa; Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), Uganda; Health GAP, USA; International Civil Society Support, The Netherlands; International HIV/AIDS Alliance, UK; Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, USA; World AIDS Campaign, South Africa - the list is growing.
Please sign on by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and please also put up the Call to Action on your websites.
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