Friends Organizations Welcome Increased Commitment to the Global Fund from Germany for 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C., July 31, 2014  The German parliament has voted to increase Germany’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by more than 20 percent to reach EUR 245 million (approximately US $334 million) for 2014, reaffirming the country’s continued commitment to global health. As international advocates for the Global Fund, Friends of the Fund in Europe and Friends of the Global Fight in the United States commend this demonstration of support.

“We are grateful for this expression of support for the Global Fund, and applaud Germany’s strengthened contribution for 2014,” said Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Board Vice-Chair in charge of Germany for Friends of the Global Fund Europe and former Germany Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. “Expanding commitment as Germany prepares to host the 2015 G-7 Summit is needed. We are hopeful that the country will increase its investment in the Global Fund even further prior to the end of the fourth replenishment.”

Germany’s increased contribution unlocks approximately $30 million in additional funding from the United States, following President Obama’s pledge at the Global Fund’s Fourth Voluntary Replenishment Conference in December 2013 to commit $1 for every $2 provided by other donors worldwide through 2016, up to $5 billion.

“We’re pleased to see momentum continuing to build around the Global Fund’s resource mobilization,” said Deb Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “Defeating these three diseases is truly a collective effort. Today’s announcement is an important signal from Germany and an illustration of global partners joining together to achieve this goal.”

At the December launch of the Global Fund’s current replenishment cycle in Washington, D.C., donors pledged $12 billion for 2014-16. The German contribution  combined with additional commitments made since the pledging conference, including public funding from Switzerland and Russia, private sector pledges from Bank of America, SAP and South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe, and matching U.S. funds  helped to increase the total to more than $12.28 billion, the largest amount ever raised in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

“In a time of constrained economies the world over, this is a recognition of the tremendous work of the Global Fund and its ability to help turn the tide against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” said Laurent Vigier, President of Friends of the Global Fund Europe.

Friends of the Global Fund Europe and Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria work to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Together, we educate, engage and mobilize decision makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier.

For more information about the Friends’ organizations, visit:
Friends of the Global Fight (U.S.): www.theglobalfight.org
Friends of the Global Fund Europe: www.afmeurope.org

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Contacts:
Friends of the Global Fight:
Sarah Marston
+1 202 912 3835
sarah@theglobalfight.org

Friends of the Global Fund Europe:
Sylvie Chantereau
+33 1 44 07 08 66
sylviechantereau@afmeurope.org

Barbara Külhen
+49-1577-3345519
barbarakuehlen@afmeurope.org