Don't kill the Global Fund - World AIDS Day 2011

The announcement of the cancellation of Global fund Round 11 on 22nd November, came as a shock to the HIV and AIDS community. The decision was made at a two day  The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) Board meeting in Accra, Ghana, on 21-22 November, quoting financial difficultiies.

The estimate of funds available for Round 11 declined to $0.8 billion in September 2011, and then to a negative amount this month. The decline was caused primarily by some donors changing their minds regarding their so-called pledges, and other donors saying that they would delay payment of their pledges. This World AIDS Day, 2011, Actionaid joins hand with other civil society organizations, AIDS  activists and People Living with and Affected by HIV to express our grave concern and disappointment at this decision.

 

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Unless money is made available and accessible to countries and communities immediately it will be extremely difficult to reach the UNAIDS goal of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero deaths. Lives of millions of people living with HIV is under threat as GFATM takes this decision not to support new programmes of Malaria, TB and HIV for the next 3 years

- Christy Abraham.

According to Almamo Barrow from Gambia  “The R11 cancellation will certainly have an impact on countries although GFATM has promised to finance some critical programmes. In the Gambia, the last grant for HIV was Round 8 and  that will end by 2014 so there is likelihood of serious funding gap to be created from 2014 to 2015. Given that there is no money for Round 11, the next opportunity for countries to apply for new grants will be during the next replenishment period which will be 2014-2016 period.’