MoS for International Development Joe McHugh welcomes Dr. Mark Dybul24 January 2017
Minister of State for International Development Joe McHugh welcomes Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
- MoS McHugh “Ireland’s partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has proven that it can achieve results having saved over 20 million lives.”
The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh TD, today met with Dr Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the world’s largest international funder of programmes to fight the three diseases of HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Dr Dybul was in Ireland for a two day visit, which included a global health event held in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and included participation from Dr Dybul and a representative of the World Health Organisation.
Speaking in advance of his meeting with Dr Dybul, Minister of State Mc Hugh said:
“Ireland’s partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, is a cornerstone of the Department’s broader work in the field of Global Health. The only way to end AIDS, TB and malaria as epidemics is by working together and Ireland’s partnership with the Global Fund has proven that it can achieve results having saved over 20 million lives. Ireland is proud to have been a founding member of the Global Fund and remains committed to working together to achieve ‘better health for all’.
To date, Ireland’s contribution to the Global Fund of over €193 million highlights our commitment to ending the three epidemics of AIDS, TB, and Malaria, and to building strong and resilient health systems in developing countries. As a sign of our continued commitment, in September last Ireland pledged an additional €30 million during a conference that mobilised almost €13 billion and which was attended by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. This investment aims save up to eight million lives, avert up to 300 million infections and new cases of HIV, TB and malaria, and will lay the groundwork for potential economic gains of up to US$290 billion in the years ahead.
Dr Dybul’s visit to Ireland served to strengthen the effective and productive relationship between the Irish Government and the Global Fund, which is based on a common vision of a world free of HIV, TB and Malaria and building resilient and sustainable systems for health.
24 January 2017
Notes to the Editor:
• The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was founded in 2002 as a public-private partnership between governments, civil society and the private sector to accelerate the end of the AIDS, TB and Malaria epidemics
• Ireland was a founding member of the Global Fund, with a total contribution of over €193 million since 2002 (an average of €13 million per annum).
• Global Fund supported programmes have saved more than 20 million lives since 2002 and this figure is expected to rise to 22 million by the end of 2016.
• The Global Fund supports more than 1,000 programmes in over 100 countries
• Since its inception, the Global Fund has disbursed $30 billion and currently spends approximately $4 billion per annum to support programmes in over 100 countries
• The number of deaths caused by AIDS, TB and malaria each year has been reduced by more than one-third since 2002 in countries where the Global Fund invests, from 4.1 million in 2002 to 2.6 million in 2015.
• The number of deaths caused by AIDS in countries where the Global Fund operates has declined by 45% since 2004
• The number of deaths caused by TB and Malaria in countries where the Global Fund operates has declined by 44% and 48% respectively since 2000.
• During the peak of the Ebola outbreak, the Global Fund mobilized emergency funding to support countries affected – this included an antimalarial mass drug administration in Sierra Leone to reduce malaria cases and decongest health centers overwhelmed by Ebola
• Ireland maintains a very strong commitment to improving access to quality essential services including health services. ‘One World, One Future’ prioritises health as part of a political commitment to strengthen essential services, one of seven priorities of the policy.
• The core objectives of the current Global Fund 2017-2022 Strategy are to: Maximise impact against HIV, TB and malaria, Build Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health, Promote and Protect Human Rights and Gender Equality