Comic Relief has committed $12.75 million to support the replenishment of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Launched in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by these diseases.
In one of his last official engagements as Chief Executive of Comic Relief, Kevin Cahill made the pledge during the Fifth Replenishment Conference in Montreal, which was hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian Government.
This year’s replenishment conference secured a commitment of more than US$12.9 billion. To-date, programmes supported by the Global Fund have saved 20 million lives, and this new investment is expected to save an additional eight million lives and prevent 300 million new infections by 2019.
Comic Relief has supported the Global Fund since 2014 as part of the organisation’s focus on fighting the three diseases in some of the world’s poorest communities. The $12.75 million donation was made possible by the success of Comic Relief’s Sport Relief campaign in the UK and by Red Nose Day in the U.S., both held earlier this year. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will also match $4 million of this donation, bringing the total pledged to $16.75. This pledge makes Comic Relief one of the biggest non-governmental contributors to the Global Fund and demonstrates its continued commitment to this life saving work.
Kevin Cahill, CEO Comic Relief UK said, “I am extremely proud that Comic Relief has once again been able to support the Global Fund replenishment process. Comic Relief has been at the forefront of the fight against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This commitment from Comic Relief is thanks to the enormous generosity of the people who support our campaigns in the UK and US.
“With 20 million lives saved to-date, the achievements of this initiative have been outstanding and we are delighted to now be a part of future success.”