SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Global Fund praises Luxembourg's generous commitment

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria congratulated Luxembourg on Wednesday for its decision to commit $10.1 million to the fund, making it one of the most generous donors per capita.

The 2014-2016 commitment, which is subject to parliamentary approval, would effectively unlock an additional $4 million in contributions from the U.S. and U.K., which geared their own contributions to maximize what is donated by other nations.

"The exceptional generosity of the Luxembourg people will allow us and our partners to play a role in saving and dramatically improving the lives of millions of people across the world," Mark Dybul, the executive director of the Global Fund, said. "Because of our collective effort, more people today have access to treatment for HIV and TB and more families sleep under mosquito nets. We are at a tipping point with these deadly diseases, and to really defeat them we need to invest strongly."

In 2012, Luxembourg, a country with a population of 500,000, allocated more than one percent of its gross national income to official development assistance, making it the most generous donor of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Development Assistance Committee.

Dybul met in Luxembourg on Tuesday with multiple government officials and non-governmental organizations. Dybul praised the country's role in financing and distributing antiretrovirals in Rwanda. He also lauded the country's example in leading a group of four other countries into signing a multi-year contribution agreement, allowing for the assurance and predictability of funding that comes with a clear payment schedule.