KNCV welcomes Canada’s Pledge to Global Fund Replenishment

Canada Announces Pledge & Commitment to Host Global Fund Replenishment Conference

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada will pledge CAD785 million to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the next three years: a 20 per cent increase from its previous pledge three years ago. Canada will also host the Fifth Global Fund Replenishment Pledging Conference on 16 September 2016 in Montreal.

“Canada’s commitment shows great global leadership and will hopefully encourage other governments to follow suit,” says Kitty van Weezenbeek, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation’s Executive Director. “In March, the EU also announced it was raising its contribution to the Global Fund for the period 2017-2019. With the Global Fund’s investments, the countries we work with will be able to build a strong response to the TB, HIV, and Malaria epidemics that are still costing millions of lives every year.“

The investments will significantly contribute to achieving the ultimate goal of saving an additional 8 million lives and averting an additional 300 million new infections by 2019. The SDG target is to end the Tuberculosis, HIV, and Malaria epidemics by 2030.
The Netherlands has given priority to supporting the Global Fund since its inception in 2002. From 2014 to 2016, the Netherlands is contributing 185 million euro to the Global Fund. The Global Fund is now asking donor governments to contribute USD 13 billion for the 2017-2019 replenishment cycle.

Dr. van Weezenbeek: “KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation calls on the Dutch government to follow the EU and Canada with a generous increase of its contribution to the Global Fund in the Fifth Replenishment round.”

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, through its programs financed by the United States Government (USAID) and the Netherlands Government (DGIS), supports countries to make the Global Fund investments work optimally to combat the three major infectious diseases.
KNCV helps countries to apply for Global Fund grants through the New Funding Model (NFM) and supports the implementation of Global Fund projects.

Download KNCV’s brochure Supporting Global Fund grant applications and implementation.

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KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 117 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB control, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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