AHF pledges $10m to fight AIDS global Fund
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), an NGO has pledged 10 million dollars ahead of the Seventh Replenishment Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
AHF’s Marketing Manager in Nigeria, Mr Steve Aborisade, announced this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that, the global fund was the world’s best financing mechanism for fighting infectious diseases.
Aborishade quoted AHF’s President, Michael Weinstein as saying, “Given the global fund’s outstanding track record of saving lives around the world, we feel our pledge is one of the best investments donors can make in global health.
“The global fund has demonstrated remarkable nimbleness in keeping existing programmes going, while mobilising new resources for COVID-19.
“The global fund also values the role of non-governmental and community organisations in creating a more equitable and sustainable public health system.
“We hope this pledge encourages wealthy donor countries, NGOs, and the private sector to contribute their fair share to the Fund so that it can meet or exceed the fundraising goal of 18 billion dollars.”
Weinstein said that on Sept. 21, donors would gather in New York to announce their commitments, including wealthy G7 and G20 countries, Germany, United States, Canada, among others.
He said that the outcome of the gathering would determine if the 18 billion dollars goal would be achieved.
The AHF president stressed that the funding was vital in ensuring global fund continue its lifesaving work by expanding its mandate to address existing and future global public health challenges.
“AHF works in synergy with 31 Global Fund-supported countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe, by implementing HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment delivery, and advocacy programmes.
“The ten million dollar pledge will represent another facet of the collaboration with the Fund,’’ Weinstein said.
AHF is a global non-profit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 1.6 million people in 45 countries worldwide.
Nan/ Lucy Offoboche