With a March 27 vote, the Diet approved US$476 million in contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This included $72.7 million in the FY2020 regular budget, which was approved on March 27, plus $403.6 million from the FY2019 supplementary budget that was approved in January 2020. This is Japan’s largest annual contribution to the Global Fund, highlighting Japan’s strong interest and leadership in global health as the world tackles the COVID-19 pandemic.
This contribution is a part of the latest US$840 million pledge to the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment. Japan is currently the fifth largest donor country to the Global Fund and has contributed a total of US$3.47 billion to date. Through the Global Fund, Japan has helped developing countries combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, as well as strengthen health systems, helping save 32 million lives. For more information on Japan’s total contributions, please visit the Global Fund website.
Japan has been a proud supporter to the Global Fund from its inception. The launch of a global fund to take countermeasures against the deadly infectious diseases was first proposed at the G8 Kyushu-Okinawa Summit in 2000.
In a recent press release by the Global Fund, FGFJ Diet Tast Force Co-Chair Ichiro Aisawa states, “As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, it is wonderful to support the Global Fund, which is dedicated to helping the vulnerable populations such as people living with HIV, TB and Malaria. Those of us in Japan are pleased that we can contribute to the Global Fund’s effort to fight these diseases while working to strengthen health systems in a way that advances health for all.”