This Is What It’s All About
A Message from Deb Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
May 2, 2013 — Resource mobilization, partnership and a drive to save lives; at the heart of it, these are the elements that make up the Global Fund. The past several months at Friends have exemplified these words more than any other time in recent memory.
On Resource Mobilization
Since I last wrote to you, Congress has passed a continuing resolution securing robust Fiscal Year 2013 funding for the Global Fund. Then, President Obama requested $1.65 billion for the organization as part of his Fiscal Year 2014 budget. Finally, a meeting in Brussels brought together Global Fund leadership as well as donors, technical partners and advocates to discuss the finances required over the next three years to expand the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. I am proud to say that Friends was a key player in all of these significant milestones. You will read more about our role in these efforts a bit later in this message.
The Drive to Save Lives
As many of you know, a significant amount of Friends’ energy over the next several months will be expended in supporting the Global Fund’s replenishment efforts. Coming off of the preparatory meeting in Brussels, we are well armed with the resources and information to embark upon this challenge. But there is no doubt that it will be a challenge. Though the global economy remains trying for many donor countries, including the U.S., the need is great and our case utterly compelling.
Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul frequently speaks about the fact that the Global Fund is truly a 21st century institution. In large part, this is because it was designed to pursue its mission through a partnership model. Faith-based organizations (FBOs) are some of the most important of these partners.
FBOs have a long history of leadership in the implementation of health care worldwide. They often play an important role in serving the poorest and hardest-to-reach populations; something that aligns them quite closely with the mission of the Global Fund. Churches, mosques, synagogues and other faith communities play a role in almost every stage of the organization’s operations: as implementers, donors, providers of technical assistance and as members of the Country Coordinating Mechanism. Highlighted later in this newsletter are two excellent examples of the Global Fund’s partnership with FBOs: the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria.
We at friends are eager to help mobilize resources, support the drive to save lives and collaborate with partners. And we look forward to having you all on the frontlines with us!
A Life Saved: The Lutheran Church Fights Malaria in Tanzania
We’ve all heard the old adage about sticks and stones. But what about fighting a deadly disease? Can words be an effective weapon in that battle? In Tanzania, the answer may be yes.
Even seemingly simple tools can have a real impact in the fight against malaria. Using plays and poems, Tanzanians in Marangu are educating adults and children on malaria symptoms and easy ways to prevent the disease. And they are doing it with the support of groups affiliated with the Lutheran Church.
“I was chosen by the Church to be a community health worker, to educate people about malaria and the importance of using bed nets to protect their families,” said Setieli Mashoko, Chairman of the Community Health Program from Ngaruma Lutheran Parish.
With educational support from the church, younger generations are also making great strides in fighting malaria within their own demographic. Through poems, songs and drama, children deliver malaria prevention messages to their peers. Through education, younger generations now use insecticide-treated nets and understand their importance, helping to reduce the transmission rates among the most vulnerable.
This effort is being support by Lutheran Malaria Initiative through the Global Fund. This program, led by Lutheran World Relief and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is supported by the nearly 8 million U.S. parishioners in the global fight against malaria. With the Global Fund as one of its main benefactors, the Lutheran Malaria Initiative seeks to leverage the reach and power of its network to make a significant impact on malaria through education, prevention and treatment.
The Lutheran Malaria Initiative and the United Methodist Church’s Imagine no Malaria initiative are expected to mobilize up to $40 million in additional resources for Global Fund-supported malaria programs in Africa through 2013. Each effort will support its denomination’s projects and programs in Africa and establish a strategic partnership with the Global Fund.
For more information on efforts in Tanzania, click here.
View from the Hill: President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Reaffirms Commitment to the Global Fund
President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2014 budget on April 10, which includes a request of $1.65 billion for the Global Fund. This is level funding with both the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 request, and the continuing resolution that was recently passed by Congress for Fiscal Year 2013. Given the difficult economic and budget climate, Friends is grateful to the Administration for its strong and continued commitment to the Global Fund and the mission to save lives affected by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
As the Global Fund prepares for its Fourth Replenishment effort this fall, with a goal to raise $15 billion from donors during the 2014-2016 period, the President’s request sends a strong signal to the international community, encouraging other donors to come forward with similarly robust support. With the continued work of Friends, our partners in the advocacy community, Congress, the Administration, and support from other donors, the goal of $15 billion is within reach.
Investing in Health: The Global Fund’s Replenishment Effort
Earlier this month, donors from around the world came together in Brussels for a meeting to launch the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment cycle. The driving agenda for the meeting was the organization’s performance, results and financial needs in the coming years.
In advance of this gathering, the Global Fund released an updated Needs Assessment — a document that evaluates the global resource requirements for the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In compiling this document, the Global Fund worked with its technical partners at Roll Back Malaria, Stop TB, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization to assess the global disease burden and overall funding needs to help defeat the three epidemics.
The total needed over the next three years is $87 billion. What will that get us? The Global Fund estimates that with that level of funding, we can:
- support 18 million adults on anti-retroviral therapy by 2016;
- provide treatment and care for 17 million people with tuberculosis and MDR-TB by 2016; and
- save approximately 196,000 additional lives from malaria each year during the 2014-2016 period.
After taking into account funding from bilateral programs and what the countries can pay for on their own, the remaining gap is $26 billion. Of that, the Global Fund hopes to mobilize $15 billion.
If we succeed, that money will be some of the best ever spent.
Highlights from the Fight
As 2013 kicked into high gear, a number of important announcements have been made. As we mentioned earlier, the Global Fund announced the countries and regions that will participate in the first round of New Funding Model applications, and it released its Fourth Replenishment ask of $15 billion. Additionally, key supporters spoke up in support of the Global Fund and global health programs. Some recent highlights of Friends’ efforts to amplify these messages include:
Speaking Engagements and Events
- In April, Friends hosted the first in what we hope will be a series of webinars for partners, media and other stakeholders. During the webinar, Dr. Christoph Benn spoke about the Global Fund’s New Funding Model, the recent Needs Assessment and the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment.
- Deb Derrick spoke at the Nothing Buts Nets Partner and Champion Summit about the Global Fund, its collaboration with the President’s Malaria Initiative, and the fight against the disease globally. The summit brought together advocates that ranged from WNBA champions to religious organizations to teenage activists.
- Also in April, Friends co-hosted a booth with Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) at the 11th Annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference in Arlington, VA. Here, we distributed information about the Global Fund, its efforts to engage with faith-based organizations, and the New Funding Model.
- Finally, Deb spoke at the launch event of PSI’s report on the changing landscape of global giving titled, “Change in Donors is Remaking Global Giving.”
Media Coverage and Thought Leadership
- Bill Frist in Roll Call: “We Must Continue our Legacy of Saving Lives.”
- Peter Chernin in Reuters AlertNet: “Global Health is Key to Diplomacy.”
- Deb Derrick on Impatient Optimists: “The Global Fund: Saving More Lives with Every Dollar.”
- The story of Luwiza Makukula by Deb Derrick on Impatient Optimists: “From Patient to Advocate: Luwiza Makukula’s Story.”
- Deb Derrick on collaboration between the Global Fund and PEPFAR in the Huffington Post: “Better Than Ever, Together.”
This post was originally published in May 2013.