The next step in combating AIDS, TB and malaria

Baby getting vaccination (© Baz Ratner/Reuters)
A nurse vaccinates an infant against malaria in Kisumu, Kenya, July 1. (© Baz Ratner/Reuters)

More than 44 million people’s lives around the world have been saved over the past 20 years, thanks to an international program called the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

That global effort is poised to save even more lives as the U.S. government, partner nations and the private sector recently pledged a record $14.25 billion to the fund over the next three years.

“This is all about saving lives,” President Biden said during the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference, held September 21 on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Supporting the Global Fund helps ensure “that people everywhere can live in dignity,” he said.

Man in medical jacket performing a malaria test on a woman (© Xinhua/Getty Images)
International partners are increasing support for the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Above, a health worker tests a woman for malaria near Agartala, India. (© Xinhua/Getty Images)

Biden pledged the United States would contribute $6 billion over the next three years. His administration has already requested the U.S. Congress provide $2 billion to the Global Fund in fiscal year 2023.

Other partners’ pledges to the Global Fund include:

  • 1.21 billion Canadian dollars from Canada.
  • 715 million euros from the European Commission.
  • 1.6 billion euros from France.
  • 1.3 billion euros from Germany.
  • $1.08 billion U.S. dollars from Japan.
  • $100 million U.S. dollars from the Republic of Korea.

The Global Fund invests $4 billion a year to end HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria by 2030 and create a safer, healthier and more equitable future. In 2021, the Global Fund provided 23.3 million people with antiretroviral therapy for HIV, treated 5.3 million people with TB and distributed 133 million mosquito nets to help prevent malaria.

At the conference, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said Global Fund distribution of disease preventatives and treatments provides incentive for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s support for medical innovations, including better drugs, vaccines and diagnostics. The foundation pledged $912 million to the Global Fund.

Other private sector pledges include:

  • $33 million from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation to reduce HIV transmission.
  • $25 million combined from Johnson & Johnson and the Skoll Foundation to support health workers.
  • $20 million combined from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Abbott Fund to strengthen laboratory systems.

The United States is the world’s largest global health donor and combats infectious diseases worldwide through the Global Fund, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative.

From October 2020 to September 2021, the United States provided more than $9 billion for global health programs. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States also has provided nearly $20 billion more for lifesaving health, economic and humanitarian assistance in the fight against COVID-19 and its impacts.

“We have to ensure that everyone — no matter who they are, who they love, where they come from — can access care and treatment they need, period,” Biden told the replenishment conference. “Everyone should be able to lead a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. That’s our goal.”