Portugal has announced a contribution of 1.5 million euros to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, responding to the Fund's call for a 30% increase in its Members' contributions to finance activities in the triennium 2023-2025.
This national contribution was announced by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Francisco André, at the VII Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund, organized by the United States, in New York, chaired by President Joe Biden.
With this announcement, Portugal increases the value of its contribution to the Global Fund by 50% compared to the value of one million euros in the previous triennium. This contribution is jointly ensured by the budgets of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, and the Ministry of Health.
The aim of the Fund is to raise funding for the next three-year cycle of grants in response to the three diseases, with the expectation that this amount could save 20 million lives, reduce deaths from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by around two thirds, and strengthen health and community systems.
The Global Fund is a global partnership to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, and to ensure a healthier, safer, more equitable future for all. Since the beginning of the pandemic of COVID-19 this Fund has invested more than 4.3 billion dollars and since 2002 has saved around 50 million lives.
Portugal is therefore joining the Global Fund's response on a global scale, which includes the PALOP countries and Timor-Leste.
Lisbon, 22 September 2022