Opinion

  • 17 November 2023
    As the Climate Crisis Escalates, Building Resilient Health Systems Is Imperative

    By Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP, Minister of Health, Malawi

    When torrential rains from Cyclone Freddy unleashed a flood in Malawi earlier this year, the extreme weather event claimed more than 1,000 lives and upended the livelihoods of millions of people. The floods also swept away a wealth of essential healt...
  • 10 November 2023
    To Prevent the Next Pandemic, Follow the Science

    By Marisa Peyre, Co-founder and Global Science Adviser, PREZODE, Justin Vaïsse, Founder and Director General, Paris Peace Forum, and Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund

    The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical role of evidence-based policies in addressing global health crises. It has also highlighted the need for flexible strategies, equitable health care, and multidisciplinary approaches that bridge the g...
  • 07 November 2023
    Taking a Smart Approach to Making Medicines in Africa Will Save Lives

    By Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund

    COVID-19 shone a harsh light on global health inequities. Africa was last in the queue for all the lifesaving tools needed to defeat the new virus, including vaccines, tests, oxygen and personal protective equipment. Yet this is not a new phenomenon...
  • 07 November 2023
    In the Fight to End Tuberculosis, This Is the Moment for Progress

    By Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund

    Tuberculosis is rarely in the spotlight. But behind the scenes it’s one of the top infectious killers in the world. In 2022 alone, TB killed over 1.3 million people, including 167,000 people with HIV — that’s a staggering 25,000 deaths every week. De...
  • 21 September 2023
    Stopping Malaria From Killing Children is a Matter of Urgency

    By Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund

    I was in Kano, an ancient city in the north of Nigeria recently, visiting health facilities with Nigeria’s impressive new health minister professor Muhammad Ali Pate. This week I’ll be in New York, along with the leaders of nearly 200 countries and m...
  • 19 September 2023
    For the Fight Against HIV, TB and Malaria, a Moment of Reckoning

    By Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund

    The heads of state and government from nearly 200 countries gathering this week in New York for the United Nations General Assembly must confront the stark reality that the Sustainable Development Goals are in dire jeopardy. This year marks the midpo...
  • 29 August 2023
    India and the Global Fund: A strategic partnership with a national, regional, and global future

    By Lady Roslyn Morauta, Chair of the Board

    How the global fight against HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria is an opportunity for India’s pharmaceutical industry and other private-sector companies.
  • 12 August 2023
    A Letter To My Younger Self: Reflecting on African Queer Activism for International Youth Day

    By Dumi Gatsha

    Dear Dumi, I write to you as a testament to endurance and resilience. I know you are reeling with confusion and grief with little understanding of what happened to you during adolescence. Living in a world that defines you as a victim with much 'need...
  • 14 July 2023
    Japan’s Fight Against TB Can Be a Roadmap for Pandemic Preparedness

    By Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund

    In March this year, I visited Japan for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. Although I have been to the country several times before, every time I walk Tokyo’s vibrant streets I am still struck by the sheer volume of people who live, work and...
  • 29 June 2023
    Pop-Up Booths to the Rescue in the Fight Against TB in Kenya

    By Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund

    In August 2022 Josphat Muoki, a father of four from Nairobi, Kenya, discovered he had TB when he stopped at a pop-up screening station on a busy pedestrian bridge over Nairobi Central Railway Station. The bridge links the city and the industrial zone...