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Global Fund

Volume 718: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their contribution to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and what steps they are taking to ensure the Fund receives adequate future funding during this year's replenishment process. [HL2937]

In its recent annual report on innovation and impact, the Global Fund Secretariat estimates that fund-supported programmes have saved 4.9 million lives; provided 2.5 million people with antiretroviral treatments for AIDS; provided 6 million people with TB treatments; and distributed 104 million insecticide-treated bed nets. However, the UK Government acknowledge that the fund can and should do more to streamline its operations; work better with partner country systems and other donors; deliver better value for money; and improve its communications.

The UK made a long-term pledge at the Global Fund’s 2007 replenishment of £1 billion from 2008 to 2015. The UK will continue to encourage others to honour their pledges and new donors to step up to the table, as well as support new efforts on innovative financing for health systems.