Through its Fund the Fund campaign, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has advocated for several years to ensure a fully funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As its Sixth Replenishment approaches, AHF once again is calling on China – one of the world’s wealthiest economies – to pledge its fair share.
To urge China to give back to the Global Fund, AHF country teams around the world will deliver letters to Chinese embassies in their respective countries. We invite you to join the fight by reading a transcript of the letter below, share it on social media and click the link below to send your own copy to the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. Help ensure we all do our part to Fund the Fund!
September 27, 2019Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States
3505 International Pl NW, Washington, DC 20008Re: China’s pledge to the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Fund
Dear Your Excellency,
With the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria fast approaching, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) encourages China, the world’s second largest economy, to take the lead in Asia by pledging at least $1 billion to the best mechanism the world has for fighting the three deadly infectious diseases.
AHF is the largest AIDS organization in the world and cares for more than 1.2 million patients throughout 43 countries—including more than 140,000 patients in China.
Asian countries have received significant Global Fund support in the past—over $9.6 billion—including more than $802 million to China alone. Despite this, only eight Asian countries have contributed to the Fund, with the vast majority coming from Japan. The good news is this can change if China takes the lead and becomes the leading Global Fund donor in the region.
The Global Fund has been unparalleled in its ability to deliver support. Since its inception in 2002, the Fund has saved over 27 million lives around the world, and in 2017 alone, it ensured that 17.5 million people were receiving antiretroviral medicine for HIV, treated 5 million people for TB and distributed 197 million mosquito nets across the globe.
Unfortunately, pledges to the Fund have remained flat over the past several years, placing the world at a critical point in its response against the three diseases. Without securing increased support, we stand a very real danger of losing precious progress that’s been made in defeating HIV, TB and malaria.
As a leading world economy, China is in a unique position to help the Global Fund to meet or surpass its minimum funding goal of $14 billion. Now, as the Sixth Replenishment conference is upon us, we call for China to take the lead by committing at least $1 billion to the Fund this October.
Your example and leadership will surely prompt others to follow, and by doing so, will ensure that millions of people will have the opportunity to live healthy and successful lives. The world is counting on you—make this vital commitment to the Global Fund and show the rest of Asia and the world that the end of AIDS, TB and malaria is possible if everyone joins the fight!
Global Fund Advocates