At the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Germany’s contribution to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the three-year period 2020-2022. Germany’s pledge of one billion Euro represents an increase of more than 17 percent compared to its 2016 pledge and is the country’s largest ever contribution.
Germany is the fourth largest donor of the Global Fund. Since the Fund’s inception, it has disbursed more than 2.7 billion Euro towards health programmes in more than 100 partner countries. Since 2002, these programmes have helped to save more than 27 million lives, reducing the number of deaths caused by AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria each year by one-third across the countries where the Global Fund operates.
Promoting strong health systems
Germany is at the forefront of efforts to increase the Global Fund’s investments in strong health systems. Under the leadership of Minister Gerd Müller, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation, through the BACKUP Health Programme, finances technical assistance to partner countries in this regard and has continuously promoted this priority area within the Global Fund. This has led to an increase of the Global Fund’s investments in health systems to currently one billion US dollar annually, making the Global Fund the largest multilateral provider of grants to strengthen health and community Systems.
A signal to other international donors
Germany’s early pledge at the G7 Summit underlines its continued commitment to end the three epidemics by 2030. It sends an important signal to other international donors to follow suit and increase their contributions. The Global Fund is planning to raise a total of 14 billion USD dollar for the next three years. More pledges will be announced at the upcoming replenishment conference, which will be hosted by the President of France Emmanuel Macron and take place on October 10, 2019 in Lyon.