Since its inception in 2002, the Global Fund has saved 32 million lives! This tremendous figure is the result of efforts by a wide array of actors comprising the Global Fund partnership, including implementer governments, multilateral agencies, bilateral partners, civil society, people affected by the diseases, and the private sector.
One million people worldwide do not have access to basic health care due to a lack of financial resources or proximity of services. Behind this figure, we can only imagine the difficulties faced every day by the most vulnerable people in developing countries – pregnant women, children, older people and those living in rural areas – and their distress.
For the seventh time in the last 25 years, African and Japanese leaders will meet again this month to chart the way forward for a future of shared prosperity for Africa, Japan and the world. Through Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), this August we will once again meet and root for multilateralism, underlining that in today’s interlinked world the destiny of the smallest nation on earth is intricately intertwined with that of the biggest nation on earth.