U.S. pledges to Global Fund

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Global Fund, World Bank to collaborate on universal health coverage in Africa

The United States. pledged up to $4.3 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria last week for the 2017-2019 funding cycle, ahead of the fifth replenishment of the Global Fund to be held in Montreal, Canada, this month. As in past years, the U.S. pledge represents $1 for every $2 pledged by other donors through September 2017.

The Global Fund aims to raise $13 billion during this replenishment period, projecting that funding will save 8 million lives and avert 300 million new infections of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in 140 countries. Currently, the Global Fund provides life-saving HIV treatment for over 9 million people, and has tested and treated over 15 million people for tuberculosis.

The pledge follows release of a report last week on necessary steps to accelerate progress toward universal access to health care in Africa, and the announcement of collaboration between the Global Fund and the World Bank to invest $24 billion to develop universal health coverage in the region over the next five years. The announcement was made at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

The Global Fund committed $9 billion, which includes $6 billion to treat and prevent HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and $3 billion to invest in health systems, including strengthened procurement systems and supply chains, improved data quality and management systems, and strengthened human resources for health. The World Bank will contribute $15 billion over the next five years to early childhood development activities, pandemic preparedness, and crisis preparedness and response.

The World Bank, Global Fund and other partners launched the report, UHC in Africa: A Framework for Action, at the conference.

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