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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Japan’s renewed and increased commitment to the Global Fund—a commitment that will save 1 million lives and avert 14.3 million new infections through programs supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The pledge was announced at the meeting of the Sustainable Development Goals Promotion Headquarters on June 21, 2019, as part of several commitments made to health, disaster prevention, and education included in a more comprehensive package of SDG-related initiatives, in keeping with Japan’s dedication to the principle of human security and leaving no one behind.
To save 1 million lives, the new pledge is US$840 million to the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment. This represents a 5 percent increase from its previous three-year pledge and is the highest amount pledged by Japan to date. FGFJ is pleased to see Japan responding to the Global Fund’s call to step up the fight against the three communicable diseases and get back on track to end these diseases by 2030.
The prime minister’s announcement is an important milestone in the sixth replenishment round, through which the Global Fund aims to raise a total of US$14 billion for the three-year period from 2020 to 2022, thereby saving an estimated 16 million lives and averting 234 million infections.
As the host to the G20 Summit on June 28–29, Japan is organizing the first joint G20 finance and health ministers meeting to discuss sustainable health financing to achieve Universal Health Coverage. Continued support to the Global Fund is a means to encourage the catalytic role it plays in increasing domestic financing for health and in building stronger health systems in low and middle-income countries.
FGFJ applauds Japan’s unwavering commitment to this crucial global health institution.