GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria welcomes Luxembourg’s decision to contribute € 2 million to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 response mechanism.

The new funding will help strengthen formal and community health systems in low- and middle-income countries, protect frontline health workers with training and personal protective equipment (PPE), and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria Control Programs.

The contribution is part of Luxembourg’s commitment to the COVID-19 Tool Access Accelerator (ACT) – a revolutionary collaboration of global partners to accelerate development, production and fair access to testing, treatment, PPE and COVID-19 vaccines.

Franz Fayot, Luxembourg Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, stressed the importance of supporting countries in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on programs to fight HIV, malaria and tuberculosis : “Many countries have been hit hard by the pandemic and need help to build resilience in health and community systems against COVID-19. It is important to support our partner, the Global Fund, in this endeavor.

A key supporter of the Global Fund since its inception, Luxembourg is one of the largest donors to the Global Fund on a per capita basis, and the country has steadily increased its commitment with each replenishment cycle.

“Luxembourg’s steadfast support to the Global Fund over the past 20 years has greatly contributed to strengthening health systems across the world, promoting human rights, tackling gender barriers and making progress towards universal health coverage, ”said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “As we fight COVID-19, we are extremely grateful to Luxembourg for its commitment to support the global response to the pandemic and to help us protect hard-won gains against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. “

The third most generous donor in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Luxembourg devotes 1% of its GNI each year to official development assistance since 2009, and access to health and social services is a major pillar of Luxembourg policy. Development cooperation strategy.

In December 2021, the Global Fund approved a total of US $ 4.1 billion to more than 100 countries to scale up life-saving HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programs, provide essential tests, treatment and medical supplies , protect frontline health workers and urgently strengthen health systems.

The Global Fund will hold its seventh replenishment conference in the United States in the second half of 2022. The conference will bring together leaders from governments, civil society, the private sector and communities affected by the three most devastating infectious diseases.