NGOs urge Spain to increase Global Fund pledge to €180 million

On June 10, 2022, Spanish global health NGOs Salud por Derecho, Doctors Without Borders (MSF-Spain), and the state platform for HIV/AIDS, CESIDA, sent an open letter to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez calling upon his cabinet to increase Spain's contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Health NGOs asked the Spanish government to pledge €180 million (US$194 million) at the Global Fund’s seventh replenishment conference that will take place in September 2022 in New York. This amount would represent an 80% increase compared to Spain’s previous pledge for the 2020-2022 period.

HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria, continue to kill around 3 million people worldwide each year. According to Spanish NGOs, it is becoming increasingly complicated to tackle the three pandemics by 2030, as reflected in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, due to the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fragility of public health systems in low- and middle- income partner countries.

In response, Salud por Derecho, MSF-Spain, and CESIDA launched the social network campaign, ‘España Suma y Sigue’ (Spain Ads Up) to raise public awareness about the importance of an increased Spanish contribution to the Global Fund. Several Spanish media outlets have echoed the call.

Press release - Salud por Derecho (in Spanish)

News article – elDiario.es (in Spanish)