Advocating for an expanded mandate of the Global Fund

Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is partnership organisation designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as pandemics.  Through continued work with governments, civil society and the private sector, the Global Fund strengthens local health systems and improves communities, by raising money to invest in prevention, treatment and care services [1].

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Figure 1: How it works [1] 

In a recent correspondence published in the Lancet, R. Horton advocates for  “an expanded mandate of the Global Fund, with the inclusion of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in addition to its support for the three global high-burden diseases” [2].  Whilst the Global Fund has made a visible impact within the three-global high-burden diseases, the impact goes well beyond this, by the general strengthening of health service delivery, investment in health workers, health information, and governance and accountability [2]. If the the Global Fund remains a three disease-only fund, the positive, yet unintended effects may slowly dwindle and thus result in  in delayed establishment of UHC. Additionally, the Global Fund is one of the few donors with long-term commitment to improvement.

R. Horton argues that:
  “Continued strategic Global Fund investments in key health systems is necessary to guarantee effectiveness, efficiency, and value for money for all health services, thus contributing substantially to the achievement of UHC”.
– R. Horton

Read below to find out more!

References 

[1] https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/overview/

[2] https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31879-8/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email

Written by Nefti-Eboni Bempong

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