*picture by Marco Urban
17 June 2019
“As the fourth largest donor of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria with a cumulative contribution of € 2.7 billion, it would be great to have an early and increased pledge from Germany towards the Global Fund replenishment scheduled for 10thOctober 2019 in Lyon, France. This would not only make Germany the first G7 country to pledge, but it would motivate other funders to step up the fight by increasing their pledges. Anything below $14 billion would mean all the gains made by the Fund, including keeping people alive and averting new infections would be lost. The investment made by Germany thus far will go to waste.”
These were the reflections of Allan Maleche, former Developing Country NGO Delegation Board Member, at a parliamentary breakfast meeting held in Berlin on 5 June 2019 at the German Bundestag to discuss Global Health in the G7/G20 processes. The meeting organised by Friends of the Global Fund Europe and co-hosted by German MP Sonja Steffen, brought together over 50 members of parliament, civil society representatives, development partners and representatives from embassies/ missions as well as further notable speakers such as the head of the German Sherpa Staff, Dr Lucinda Trigo Gamarra,
Mr. Maleche equally shared his experience as a sub-recipient of a Global Fund regional grant that sought to remove legal barriers in ten African countries and made a case as to why the Global Fund remained an important and credible institution to invest in. He emphasised the need to ensure that the upcoming High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage recognises and emphasises the importance of using a rights-based approach in the roll out of UHC to ensure everyone gets quality care. Given that the G7 and G20 meetings will be taking place soon, Allan urged the German legislators to continue being champions of the health agenda and the respect for human rights as health services are rolled out.
Following our delegation’s commitment to meet with civil society at every opportunity, Mr. Maleche also met with German Civil society representatives and individual Members of Parliament to discuss ways to strengthen partnerships, to not only ensure that the Global Fund is fully funded, but to also ensure that the German government is funding the right programs in health that contribute to a meaningful change to people lives.
Going forward, the Developing country NGO delegation will maintain a close working relationship with Friends of Global Fund Europe to ensure that the right to health is realised for all in line with the targets of the Sustainability Development Goals to be achieved by 2030.
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For more information contact:
Lesley OdendalConstituency Focal Point, Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board