When Justine Greening, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, announced that the UK will contribute £1 Billion (US$1.6 billion) to the Global Fund for the 2014-2016 period, we in Africa had a reason to celebrate. The pledge of £1 billion over three years will transform and save many lives of women, children and men of Africa and the world at large.
The announcement marks an important moment in the Global Fund’s 2013 replenishment and subsequently better prospects of defeating diseases that continue to kill so many in our continent. It also signifies the role of UK as a champion of international development. This commitment, we are hopeful, will encourage other donors such as Germany, Canada, Japan and Australia to demonstrate vigorous support to the Global Fund this year’s replenishment.
We also applaud the announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry that the United States will host the Global Fund’s fourth replenishment conference in Washington D.C. in early December 2013.
We recall that in April, the U.S. announced a request for US$1.65 billion for the Global Fund in the budget for 2014, by far the largest commitment made by any country. We hail this brave leadership by the Americans.
We call upon other donor governments to join in this leadership through ambitious contributions. Further, we urge leaders of implementing countries to continue to championing this cause of defeating infectious diseases by investing strongly in health in their national budgets.
As African civil Society Organizations responding to AIDS, TB and Malaria we commit to mobilizing communities to access services and contributing to the provision of prevention, treatment, care and support services; promoting human rights and access to essential medicines for all by advocating for rights and evidence-based policies on health and for mechanisms to strengthen health systems in Africa; and, ensuring accountability, good governance and more efficient management of programmes and resources for all stakeholders, including fellow civil society organizations.
 African Council of AIDS Service Organisations (AfriCASO); East Africa Network of AIDS Services Organisations (EANNASO); Network for African People Living With HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa (NAPSAR+); Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS), Nigeria; Central Africa Treatment Action Group (CATAG); Global Youth Coalition on HIV and AIDS (Africa Region); World AIDS Campaign International; Southern Africa Regional Programme on Access to Medicines and Diagnostics (SARPAM); Evolve Cameroon.