Luxembourg has become the first country to pledge for the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment fundraising drive. At the kick-off meeting of the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment in New Delhi, leaders, global health organizations, civil society groups and people affected by the diseases vowed collective action to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and accelerate progress toward universal health coverage.
In his address, the Luxembourg Ambassador to India Jean-Claude Kugener reiterated Luxembourg’s commitment to the Global Fund in the hopes of creating a domino effect from other donors.
“We encourage all partners to send a strong message to millions of people who need our help to step up the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” said Ambassador Kugener.
Luxembourg is one of the Global Fund’s largest donors per capita, and the country has steadily increased its pledge each Replenishment cycle. Today’s commitment of EUR 9 million is an 11 percent increase over their previous pledge.
Since 2009, Luxembourg has dedicated 1 percent of GNI each year to Official Development Assistance, and access to health and to social services is a major pillar of Luxembourg’s new Development Cooperation Strategy.
The Global Fund is seeking to raise at least US$14 billion for the next three years to help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, and build stronger health systems by 2023.