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Global Fund Applauds World Leaders’ Commitment to Universal Health Coverage

23 September 2019

NEW YORK – The Global Fund applauds world leaders’ commitment to scale up efforts to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, made at today’s UN High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage in New York. The Political Declaration “Universal health coverage: moving together to build a healthier world” stressed the need for inclusive, accessible, affordable health care, and the importance of immediate international support and long-term, sustainable financing from domestic governments.

“Today’s discussions showed an overwhelming consensus that universal health coverage is a shared value and that we must prioritize access to quality health care for all,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund, who addresses the meeting today. “The Global Fund is committed to working together with partners and governments to ensure universal health coverage becomes a reality.”

To ensure that countries and all partners deliver on equity and the right to health, the Global Fund, the Global Financing Facility and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, today call on world leaders to prioritize primary health care systems as the foundation for universal health coverage; reach the most underserved, vulnerable and marginalized people; and increase domestic resource mobilization and the prioritization of health investments.

Working with partners through the WHO-led Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All, the Global Fund supports the achievement of universal health coverage through investing in resilient and sustainable systems for health; tackling gender and human rights barriers to health care access for the poorest and most vulnerable, so health services are truly “universal”; and supporting and catalyzing the sustainable financing of systems for health, including increased domestic resource mobilization.

The Global Fund is the largest multilateral provider of grants to support sustainable systems for health, investing more than US$1 billion a year on: improving procurement and supply chains; strengthening data systems and data use; training qualified health care workers; building stronger community responses and systems; and promoting the delivery of more integrated, people-centered health services so people can receive comprehensive care throughout their lives.

“Building inclusive, sustainable and resilient systems for health is essential to end HIV, TB and malaria as epidemics, and serves as our best defense against emerging threats to global health security such as multidrug-resistant TB and Ebola. Those same health systems also provide a range of critical primary health services, from sexual and reproductive health, to chronic and noncommunicable diseases,” said Sands.

The Global Fund is working closely with partners to develop and implement the Sustainable Financing Accelerator as a key element of the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All. This will facilitate more effective coordination and collaboration among the key global actors engaged in supporting countries on domestic resource mobilization for health, including WHO, the World Bank, the Global Financing Facility and Gavi.

France will host the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment pledging conference in Lyon, France, on 9-10 October 2019. The Global Fund seeks 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.