A new commitment increases the Foundation’s support for $30 million (2020-2025) for Global Fund efforts to save lives, build resilient and sustainable health systems and strengthen pandemic preparedness
NEW YORK, September 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Rockefeller Foundation Announces It Will Commit $15 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ahead of the Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference on Wednesday, September 21. This year, the Global Fund partnership aims to raise 18 billion US dollars to protect hard-won gains against these infectious diseases in the face of Covid-19 and to fund ongoing projects through 2025.
“Fifty million people are alive today because of the Global Fund’s work to fight HIV, TB and malaria,” said dr. Rajiv J. Shahpresident of the Rockefeller Foundation. “As Covid-19 and other crises continue to undermine progress against these and other public health threats, The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to recommit to the Global Fund so it can jump-start progress and finish the job.”
This year, the Rockefeller Foundation Global Fund commitment will fund the Laboratory Systems Strengthening Catalytic Fund, a mechanism to accelerate the development of public health laboratories in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
“Public health laboratories help the world find, understand and stop deadly diseases before they spread,” said dr. naveen raosenior vice president of health at the Rockefeller Foundation. “The Global Fund gives labs the resources to expand their workforce and create networks to share information on emerging threats. Robust laboratories are essential to preventing the next pandemic, and that is why we are proud to support the Laboratory Systems Strengthening Fund.
In addition to today’s pledge, the Foundation has provided $15 million in October 2019 at the Global Fund’s Data Science Catalytic Fund, a project to strengthen community health information systems and streamline health care delivery in LMICs using digital tools.
Founded in 2002, the Global Fund works with a array of global partners implement comprehensive strategies to eradicate infectious diseases and strengthen regional health systems. To date, the Global Fund partnership has invested more than US$55.4 billion in the treatment and prevention of HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria – saving an estimated 50 million lives and reducing the combined mortality rate of the three diseases by more than half in targeted geographies.
According to the Fund’s new publication 2022 results report:
- 23.3 million people received life-saving antiretroviral therapy for HIV.
- 5.3 million people were treated for tuberculosis.
- 148 million cases of malaria have been treated.
In 2020, for the first time in its history, the Global Fund saw decline in key health indicators for the three priority diseases. That year, HIV testing fell by 22% and prevention services by 11%. Tuberculosis deaths have increased, fueled by an increase in undiagnosed and untreated cases. Malaria deaths have also increased significantly in 2020, in part due to Covid-19 disruptions to essential health services.
Today’s pledge continues the Rockefeller Foundation’s legacy of fundraising initiatives to improve health outcomes for the world’s most vulnerable populations, including its global hookworm campaign a year ago. over 100 years, seeding yellow fever vaccine development and supporting translational research for tools like penicillin. In addition, the Foundation has supported malaria control efforts in Latin America (1915), advanced research to stop the spread of tuberculosis in Jamaica (1927-42), and launched a landmark search for an HIV vaccine (1994).
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