Senate debates

Wednesday, 11 September 2019


Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

3:39 pm

Photo of Anne UrquhartAnne Urquhart (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

At the request of Senator Pratt, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges the impact that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) has had since 2002, including:

(i) programs that the Global Fund supports have saved an estimated 27 million lives since 2002,

(ii) in 2017 alone, the Global Fund supported antiretroviral treatment for 17.5 million people with HIV, enabled treatment of 5 million people with TB and the distribution of 197 million bed nets to prevent malaria, and

(iii) the US$13.7 billion that the Global Fund has invested in the Indo-Pacific region has provided over 15 years of antiretroviral treatment for 9 million people with HIV, treatment for 14 million people with TB, and distributed 285 million bed nets to prevent malaria;

(b) notes that the Global Fund replenishment, which aims to raise at least US$14 billion over 2020 to 2022 to support programs that would save a further 16 million lives, is scheduled to take place in Lyon, France on 10 October 2019;

(c) notes that other nations, including Switzerland, Canada, Germany and Italy, as well as the European Union, have increased their financial commitment to the Global Fund; and

(d) calls on the Australian Government to:

(i) have the Prime Minister attend the Global Fund replenishment in October to demonstrate the importance of the replenishment in achieving Australia's health security goals, and

(ii) commit to increasing Australia's contribution to the Global Fund in the 2020 to 2022 period, to contribute to a successful replenishment.

Question agreed to.