13 May 2022
GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria thanks the European Union and Team Europe for their contribution to the Global Fund's COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM). The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced a €150 million pledge at today’s Global COVID-19 Summit, demonstrating the EU’s strong commitment to global health.
The new funding will help strengthen formal and community systems for health in low- and middle-income countries, protect front-line health workers with training and personal protective equipment (PPE), reduce the inequality in accessing tests and treatments, and mitigate the knock-on impact of COVID-19 on programs to fight HIV, TB and malaria.
The contribution is part of the joint Team Europe support to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator) – a groundbreaking collaboration of global partners to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, PPE and vaccines.
“The EU has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund since its creation, when the AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis epidemics seemed unbeatable,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “COVID-19’s deadly global impact has shown that we must fight existing pandemics and prepare for future health threats at the same time. Investing in resilient, sustainable systems for health is the most effective way to defeat HIV, TB and malaria, strengthen global health security and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of health and well-being for all.”
Through C19RM, the Global Fund is the primary channel for providing grant support to low- and middle-income countries for COVID-19 tests, treatments (including medical oxygen), PPE and critical elements of health systems strengthening.
The European Union and its member states, united as Team Europe, are a major contributor to the Global Fund, accounting for 40 to 50% of its budget.
The Global Fund will hold its Seventh Replenishment conference in the United States in the second half of 2022, aiming to raise at least US$18 billion to restore progress against AIDS, TB and malaria amid COVID-19 disruption and build more inclusive, resilient and sustainable systems for health. The conference will convene leaders from governments, civil society, the private sector and communities affected by the three most devastating infectious diseases.