Response by Médecins Sans Frontières to the UK government's announcement to commit 1 billion pounds to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria for the next three years:
The UK government has shown it's committed to advancing the progress achieved over the last ten years in the fight against the three pandemic killers, and this move should serve as a prompt for other governments to follow suit. Donors including Germany, Australia, and the European Commission must step up to the plate and pledge their commitment to fully funding the Global Fund for the next three years.
We now know that ramping up treatment of HIV not only saves millions of lives, but also helps prevent the virus from spreading, just as we now have important new tools to finally start seriously tackling the drug-resistant TB epidemic which is spiraling out of control -- now is the time to redouble our efforts. With only one in five people estimated to be in need of drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment actually receiving it, more countries must step up their contribution to the Global Fund and to funding DR-TB, if we are to close this deadly gap.