GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has welcomed the Netherlands’ decision to contribute an additional € 15 million to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 response mechanism, in addition to the € 12 million ‘euros committed in April 2021.
The new funding will help strengthen formal and community health systems in low- and middle-income countries, protect frontline health workers with training and personal protective equipment (PPE), and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria Control Programs.
The contribution is part of a larger € 95 million commitment by the Netherlands to the COVID-19 Tool Access Accelerator (ACT) – a groundbreaking collaboration of global partners to accelerate development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 testing and treatment. , PPE and vaccines.
“The Netherlands is responding superbly to our call to provide a global, sustained and comprehensive response to defeat COVID-19,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “The Delta variant has shown that vaccines alone cannot beat this virus. We must combine vaccination with continued public health measures and the best treatment we can provide to continue to save lives and build a stronger foundation for pandemic preparedness and response. “
“Poor countries are the hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Tom de Bruijn, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands. “Even before the crown, hospitals struggled with a lack of capacity and had to bear the brunt of other health crises, such as the HIV / AIDS epidemic. Women and girls are the first to be deprived of essential health care. These factors allow infectious diseases to spread rapidly. That is why this additional contribution is also in the interest of the Netherlands. I urge other countries to do the same. Only by strengthening health systems in the poorest countries can we get through this pandemic. “
The Netherlands is the tenth largest public donor to the Global Fund, with a total contribution of € 1.03 billion to date. The country pledged 156 million euros for 2020-2022 during the sixth replenishment conference of the Global Fund, and 27 million euros to the Global Fund via the COVID-19 tools access accelerator (ACT- TO).
In September 2021, the Global Fund approved a total of US $ 3.6 billion to more than 100 countries to scale up life-saving HIV, TB and malaria programs, provide testing, treatment and supplies essential health care providers, protect frontline health workers and strengthen emergency health systems. These investments, along with funding from donors like the Netherlands and the rapid response of communities and health partners, have helped mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and to make progress in the fight against the three diseases.
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