Between 2002 and 2020 the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria (The Global Fund) has helped prevent 38 million deaths. The recipe is straight forward – bring civil society, governments, the private sector and people affected by disease together as partners and add the secret sauce; money.
The results can be profound if you get the balance right, and ultimately it could mean the end of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria by 2030.
The Danish AIDS Foundation works in partnership with the Global Fund.
The Danish AIDS Foundation is the lead for Scandinavian support for the Global Fund in collaboration with partners in Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
The aim is to harness political support for the Global Fund in the four countries and to ensure continued and increased funding to the Global Fund at the replenishment rounds that take place every three years. The next replenishment round is in 2022.
At the most recent replenishment round in 2019 the Global Fund raised a record breaking 14 billion US dollars for the 2020-2022 period including 565 million US dollars from Scandinavia.
For the 2020-2022 period the Global Fund has distributed funds to local experts and organisations in 106 countries – and have included COVID-19 to the diseases it targets.
COVID-19 – disrupting the good work
The COVID-19-pandemic has had a negative effect on the global fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. In many developing countries, lack of access to tests and medicine due to overburdened health facilities, travel restrictions, curfews, and shrinking civic space are contributing factors, leaving the most vulnerable further behind.
As such, the COVID-19 pandemic reinforces the need to enhance knowledge about the important work of the Global Fund in order to foster political support and commitment across the Nordic countries.
In April 2021 the Global Fund released a report that showed that COVID-19 had massively disrupted health systems and health service delivery for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia in 2020.
The report showed that HIV testing went down by a staggering 41% in 2020 and referrals of patients suspected of having tuberculosis, many of whom live with HIV, went down by 59%. Because of COVID-19. The real – and fatal – effects of this will be felt in the years to come.
The Global Fund offered support to initiatives in direct response to COVID-19 in 2020, but more importantly also to initiatives aimed at mitigating the negative effects COVID-19 has had on the work to stop the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.