Australian pollies call for more funding to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria
A majority of Australia’s federal parliamentarians have signed letters calling on the Australian Government to increase support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The support came from 135 of 226 senators and members for renewed funding to continue the fund’s work for 2017-2019.
The Global Fund is the world’s financing facility for fighting the three great epidemics.
Since 2002, programs supported by the fund have saved 20 million lives.
In Australia’s region alone, the Indo-Pacific, 8.3 million lives have been saved by helping 3.2 million people to access anti-retroviral HIV medicine, 8.2 million tuberculosis treatments and distribution of 142 million mosquito nets.
At a pledging conference to be held in Montreal on September 16, the Fund will seek a further US$13 billion from the global community to continue its work for another three years.
Australia contributed AUD$200 million over three years at the last pledging conference in 2013.