Global Fund welcomes Canada’s commitment to COVID-19 response mechanism – World
GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria welcomes Canada’s decision to contribute CAD 60 million to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM). The new funding will help provide lifesaving diagnostic tests, treatment – including medical oxygen – and personal protective equipment (PPE) to low- and middle-income countries.
This contribution is part of Canada’s commitment to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT) – a groundbreaking collaboration of global partners to accelerate development, production and equitable access to testing , treatments, PPE and COVID-19 vaccines.
A key supporter of the Global Fund and a global leader in promoting gender equality and human rights, Canada is our 6th largest public donor and has pledged CAD 930.4 million for 2020-2022, an increase of 15.7% compared to its previous commitment. In 2020, Canada has allocated CAD 65 million to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 response.
“We warmly welcome Canada’s new contribution, a fundamental step towards improving the fight against COVID-19, securing the gains made against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and strengthening preparedness and response. response to the pandemic in the country,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “The new funding will particularly help us address the urgent need to scale up testing and ensure immediate equitable access to diagnostic tools across the world.”
An essential part of the overall approach to defeating COVID-19, testing is one of the most effective tools for tracking or containing the spread of the virus, responding to urgent clinical needs, testing the effectiveness of vaccines or detecting the emergence of new variants. Working with ACT-Accelerator partners, the Global Fund has helped deliver more than 155.2 million COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income countries to date.
Through the C19RM, the Global Fund is the primary channel for providing grants to low- and middle-income countries for COVID-19 testing, treatment (including medical oxygen), PPE and life support essentials. strengthening of health systems.
The Global Fund will hold its seventh replenishment conference in the United States in the second half of 2022, with the aim of raising US$18 billion to restore progress in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the world. context of disruptions related to COVID-19. The conference will bring together leaders from government, civil society, the private sector and communities affected by the three most devastating infectious diseases.