Created: Jul 04, 2022 07:58
This letter is addressed to the leaders of the nations of the Commonwealth.
The world faces challenges better when we face them together. As former leaders of Commonwealth countries, we write in support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Global Fund is holding its seventh replenishment this year and will be asking countries for a 30% increase from the previous round in 2019. This is an ambitious request, especially given the economic pressure people are feeling as a result of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Any intervention must be justified, and the Global Fund takes care of that. This improvement is needed to recover lost gains from Covid-19, accelerate gains to end AIDS, TB and malaria, and build stronger and more resilient health systems to fight future pandemics.
Signatory: David Cameron, former British Prime Minister (Photograph by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)
The $18 billion requested by the Global Fund will help save 20 million lives over three years. This investment is essential, as we are at a crucial moment in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and for global health security as a whole.
The world must deal with the damage caused by Covid-19. There have been significant cost increases and huge disruptions in the prevention and testing of the three diseases in 2020 and 2021. These losses must be reversed and progress towards ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria d 2030 and the achievement of the SDGs must be accelerated. Allowing these diseases to evolve faster than our response puts millions of lives at risk.
As the past two years have shown, we need to build stronger and more resilient health systems to fight future pandemics. The Global Fund currently invests $1 billion a year in this area and plans to double that amount to $2 billion between 2023 and 2026. This will enable the fund to help countries build more effective health systems, better able to prevent, detect and react. infectious disease threats. A fully funded Global Fund will play a central role in stopping the next pandemic before it stops us.
The Global Fund’s track record speaks for itself, having saved 44 million lives since its inception in 2002, many of them in Commonwealth countries. We are about to end the fight against these deadly diseases and we are faced with a choice. We can either invest in something that works or let progress against three of the greatest killers in human history be lost.
As Commonwealth countries come together, we must show our support for renewed investment in global health. We call on the leaders of our countries to renew their commitment to an initiative that has played a key role in the health of our countries — for a better, safer and healthier world for all. Current global events may seem overwhelming, but the Global Fund’s achievements remind us that today’s challenges can be tomorrow’s story.
David Cameron (British Prime Minister, 2010-2016)
Gordon Brown* (British Prime Minister, 2007-2010)
Manmohan Singh (Prime Minister of India, 2004-2014)
PJ Patterson* (Prime Minister of Jamaica, 1992-2006)
Joyce Banda* (President of Malawi, 2012-2014)
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca* (President of Malta, 2014-2019)
Cassam Uteem* (President of Mauritius, 1992-2002)
Helen Clark* (Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1999-2008)
Key of John (Prime Minister of New Zealand, 2008-2016)
Geoffrey Palmer (Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1989-1990)
Jenny Shipley* (Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1997-1999)
Mr. Rabbi Namaliu (Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, 1988-1992)
Jacques-Michel* (President of Seychelles, 2004-2016)
Kgalema Motlanthe (President of South Africa, 2008-2009)
Chandrika Kumaratunga* (President of Sri Lanka, 1994-2005)
* Indicates that the signer is a member of the Club de Madrid, the forum for former Democratic presidents and prime ministers