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Africa Japan Forum Press Release (May 20, 2016)
We Welcome Japan’s USD 800M Pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
= Keep the Promise with the World, and Engage in Continuous Support to End AIDS, TB and Malaria=

Africa Japan Forum
Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association
Stop TB Partnership Japan
Malaria No More Japan

On May 20, 2016, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan will pledge USD 800 million for the time being, to the Fifth Replenishment (2017-2019) of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

We the Japanese civil society committed to the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs welcome the pledge with reservation that PM Abe’s pledge to the Global Fund fulfills the following conditions.

  1. That the unpaid amount of approximately USD 140 million from the previous pledge PM Abe made in 2013 to the Fourth Replenishment (2014-2016) of the Global Fund, shall be paid independently from the new pledge. Also, that the aforesaid unpaid amount shall be disbursed before the end of 2016.

  2. That the new pledge shall have its total amount paid during the three years between 2017 and 2019.

Founded in 2002 under Japan’s initiative, the Global Fund has since saved 17 million lives from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. With the three big infectious disease programs at the core, the Fund has also been committed to health systems strengthening in countries across the world, as well as to capacity building of the communities particularly affected by the three diseases. As a result, the world’s NGOs, civil society, and people living with or affected by HIV and more have come to support strongly the Global Fund.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted last year upholds an ambitious goal to end the three infectious diseases by 2030. To achieve this, we must strengthen the disease-controls programs, and we must do so now. Last December in Tokyo, the Global Fund Replenishment Preparatory Meeting concluded that the Fifth Replenishment (2017-2019) of the Global Fund requires approximately USD 13 billion. We the Japanese civil society calls upon the Group of Seven countries, who convene at the upcoming G7 Ise-Shima Summit on May 26-27, to commit themselves to ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030, and to the Fifth Replenishment of the Global Fund. We also strongly appeal to all the major donor countries, the emerging donor countries, private sectors, and other stakeholders to mobilize their capacities together, and to fully fund the necessary sum.

Meanwhile, the Global Fund employs the strategic investment approach, which allocates more funds to low-income countries with higher disease burdens. In the process, the emerging and the middle-income countries are shifting their financial resources for the disease-control programs from external resources such as the Global Fund to domestically mobilized health budget. Consequentially, in such transitioning countries, more cases report that the key affected populations?such as MSM (men who have sex with men), sex workers, drug users, migrant workers, and those imprisoned?are excluded from public health services, and that the programs for prevention, care and treatment are being neglected. We the civil society decisively uphold that the financial transition of the AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs in the emerging and the middle-income countries, from the external resource to domestic mobilisation, follow phased transition with discreet plans and “leave no one behind” in the process, and that the programs for the key affected populations continue unbroken.

「世界エイズ・結核・マラリア対策基金」への8億ドルの拠出表明を歓迎(in Japanese)

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