Senate debates

Wednesday, 26 June 2013


Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

4:16 pm

Photo of Lee RhiannonLee Rhiannon (NSW, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria board meeting, held in the week beginning 16 June 2013, approved the first funding grants under its new funding model,

(ii) one of the first three countries receiving funding is Myanmar, with which Australia has established significant ties, including support for its health sector and efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis,

(iii) the Australian Government has been a significant supporter of the Global Fund since 2004, contributing $310 million to help the Global Fund save an estimated 8.7 million lives to date,

(v) this money has been leveraged in the Asia Pacific, where between 2002 and 2012 the Global Fund has invested $3.1 billion, and

(vi) the Global Fund remains the biggest international funder for the three diseases, providing 80 per cent of international funding for tuberculosis, 50 per cent for malaria and one fifth of international funding for HIV;

(b) calls on the Government to consider the request of the Global Fund and civil society health professionals to significantly increase Australia's financial support to the Global Fund to help address the funding gap that has grown between patient needs and resources available to meet those needs, as part of the fourth Global Fund replenishment at the end of 2013; and

(c) reiterates the commitment of all parties to Australia's ongoing financial support for global efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Question negatived.


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