FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

President of Senegal Macky Sall encourages support of Global Fund

Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, encouraged the international community on Monday to invest in the replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to UNAIDS.

Sall made the statement as the international community decided how much to invest during the fourth replenishment conference for the Global Fund in Washington. Sall urged donor governments to sustain and increase their funding, citing the success of the Global Fund in saving hundreds of thousands of lives.

"If the measure of a good investment is found in the numbers, we are succeeding," Sall said. "The Global Fund saves more than 100,000 lives every month. Since its founding, the Global Fund has provided HIV treatment to four million people, delivered more than 300 million anti-malaria bed nets and diagnosed and treated almost 10 million cases of TB. These lifesaving initiatives have also saved billions of dollars by reducing health care costs, preserving families and growing economies."

Sall said that the governments of Africa are leveraging Global Fund investments to improve health systems and provide support to help individuals affected by HIV, TB and malaria. He said many countries, including Senegal, are seeing a significant return on investments into domestic health programs.

Sall said an investment in the Global Fund could lead to the potential end of the AIDS, TB and malaria epidemics.

"The replenishment conference is an inspiring example of what can happen when the world unites around an urgent need," Sall said. "Many donors have been generous, the United States particularly so, contributing a third of the Global Fund's total funding. With this continued strong support, from the U.S. and all partners, the Global Fund will be well positioned to deliver continued results."