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What counts is global equity

Twenty years ago, the world came together to create the Global Fund to fight the deadliest pandemics confronting humanity. The 7th Replenishment of the Global Fund held in New York at the end of September saw some countries, including South Africa, increasing their contribution by 30%. The event raised a record amount to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria but fell short of its target of $18 billion needed to save 20 million lives.

As a South African implementer of Global Fund grants, NACOSA joined partners Frontline AIDS in expressing some thoughts about what counts for the AIDS response moving forward.

“The last few years have been challenging. in South Africa, life expectancy has declined for the first time in over a decade. Our collective efforts on HIV, AIDS and TB are at risk. What counts for me is building strong community systems and leadership to respond to HIV, AIDS and TB and get us back on track.” – Monene Mamabolo, Stakeholder Relationships Manager

“The Covid pandemic has sharpened the already stark inequalities that drive poor health outcomes for people, particularly in the global South. What counts for me is urgently addressing global health inequity by increasing resources for the countries and populations that are hardest hit by HIV, AIDS and TB.” – Mohamed Motala, Executive Director