In a letter to the House of Representatives, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher reaffirmed government support for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). The exact contribution will be announced during the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment in September 2022.
The Global Fund recently prepared an investment case to give donors insight into the Global Fund’s activities and priorities from now until 2026, and what amount is needed to execute them. The case underlined the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on ending HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria. In 2020, the diversion of resources and disrupted services led to a fall in HIV testing by 22% and prevention services by 11%. These factors also reduced medical treatment for tuberculosis by 18% and contributed to a 12% increase in malaria deaths. The Global Fund estimated that it needs at least US$18 billion to get the world back on track to end these three pandemics by 2030 and build resilient and sustainable health systems.
The Netherlands has contributed to the Global Fund since it was founded in 2002. It is currently the 10th largest donor, with a US$168 million contribution over the 2020-2022 period. In her letter, Minister Schreinemacher announced the Netherlands will continue its financial support for the Global Fund. The government has not yet determined the exact amount, but will announce this during the replenishment in September.