23 September 2013 - New York - UK Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced a UK contribution of US $1.6 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the next three years. This amount makes the UK the second largest donor to the Fund, after the United States, and provides a leap forward towards the Fund's target of securing US $15 billion.
"This is great news for global efforts to scale up the fight against tuberculosis (TB)," said Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership. "Success in TB is closely linked to the success of the Fund's resource replenishment."
The Global Fund has asked donors to contribute US $15 billion over the next three years to enable it to finance AIDS, TB and malaria programmes globally. The Fund says this amount is needed to ensure continued progress in the fight against the three diseases. The Global Fund finances more that three quarters of all international funding for TB programmes globally. Earlier this month, the Nordic countries collectively pledged US $750 million for the Fund, another large increase.