The Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), is dedicated to strengthening support in Japan for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a major international funding mechanism for fighting communicable diseases. Japan played a key role in the Global Fund’s initial conception, serving as the host of the 2000 Kyushu-Okinawa G8 Summit, where world leaders first agreed to establish a multilateral fund to mobilize and allocate resources from around the world to fight three of the most devastating diseases threatening human lives and human security. Since the Global Fund was launched in 2002, Japan has been one of its top donors.
FGFJ supports the Global Fund by creating an enabling environment in Japan for an effective response to the spread of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. It seeks to encourage Japan to expand its role in the battle against these diseases while raising awareness about the impact they have—both inside Japan and around the world—and about the lifesaving role of the Global Fund. FGFJ reaches out to key decision makers in the Japanese government to encourage more support from Japan’s public and private sectors and help to create more synergy between Japan’s global health policy and the Global Fund. Meanwhile, FGFJ aims to convince Japanese taxpayers that supporting the Global Fund is in Japan’s national interests as well as the best interests of the global community.