The condom is a three-time hero. It is the only contraceptive that fights HIV, sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. The Global Fund and UNFPA ensure condom availability worldwide as the largest public sector procurers – shipping more than 3.9 billion male and female condoms to 122 countries around the world in just four years. On International Condom Day we are celebrating this humble hero who saves lives and keeps people safe.
Community and civil society voices are a critical part of the Global Fund partnership. During the 6th Partnership Forums, civil society and community members from around the world answered the question, “What is my wish for the next Global Fund strategy?” See their answers.
To play our part in the global fight against COVID-19, we urgently require at least $5 billion to cover the most urgent needs. In low- and middle-income countries, the knock-on effects of COVID-19 are creating a perfect storm.
Dr. Zolelwa Sifumba of South Africa, a TB and COVID-19 survivor herself, talks about the challenges of providing care and fighting infectious diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 not only takes lives, but is causing losses from various previously well-controlled conditions. We risk losing all the gains that we have made against HIV, TB or malaria.”