Ivan Lewis MP, Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary, responding to the International Development Select Committee Report on the Global Fund said:
“The International Development Select Committee report is rightly unambiguous in its support for the Global Fund’s work as a key part of the international community’s efforts to tackle the scourge of AIDS, TB and malaria.
“The Secretary of State should be doing everything he can to ensure that the Global Fund is able to operate at the height of its capacity, tackling these horrific diseases and saving lives. I urge the Secretary of State to think again and to deliver the pledged increase in funding at the upcoming G20 meeting in June. This is not about party politics; this is about the millions of lives which are saved every year as a result of the Global Fund’s work.
“Over the past ten years the Global Fund has been a leading light in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria. The Fund has saved millions of lives in the developing world by leveraging support from across the world. It was a British government which spearheaded the drive to establish the Global Fund and it is a British government who should pick up the mantle at this important moment, and show the leadership needed to get the Global Fund back to full operation.
“Whilst the Global Fund is not the only institution in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria, it represents the single biggest actor by far in the fight against these diseases. It is vital that the international community come together to pledge and deliver more money now before the progress of the previous decade is undone.”