Dear Rt. Hon. Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for International Development,
As you may be aware, tuberculosis (TB) is now the world’s leading infectious killer, resulting in 1.5 million deaths annually. People from the poorest parts of the world are acutely vulnerable to TB, but the disease has a foothold in nearly every country including the UK.The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is critical in the fight against TB, providing three quarters of international finance to combat the disease. Since it was established in 2002, its investments have saved over 17million lives from the three diseases.
I am proud of the leading role the UK has played in supporting the Global Fund, but believe they must step up there support if we are to achieve the Global Goals’ target to end TB, AIDS and Malaria by 2030.
As you know, in December, the Global Fund announced its target for its Fifth Replenishment: US $13 billion for the period 2017-19. If this target is achieved, 300 million new infections across the three diseases could be averted and 8 million more lives could be saved.
This is a pivotal time for global health and development. For the first timing in history, we are on the right side of the tipping point to end HIV, TB and malaria. However, without continued investment from both donor and implementing countries progress will stall.
In light of this, I would urge you to make an ambitious pledge of £1.2 billion to the Fund at this Replenishment and encourage other governments to match this ambition. As well as the benefits that this investment would bring to people affected by the three diseases, such a commitment would reaffirm the UK’s position as a global leader on international development.
We must not miss this opportunity.
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