Its an exciting time for us here at MIF as we celebrate with Canada on her 150th birthday. In honor of this incredible milestone, we will be highlighting some of the most incredible achievements from the very beloved country.
CANADA ON GLOBAL HEALTH, INEQUALITIES
From our research according to the global fund, Smart, effective health investments through the Global Fund have saved 17 million lives, expanding opportunity and achieving greater social justice for families and communities worldwide. These efforts put the Global Fund on track to save 22 million lives by the end of 2016.
Thanks to extraordinary support from Canada and partners, the Millennium Development Goal target of reversing the spread of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria has been met and exceeded in most countries where the Global Fund invests. Deaths from the three diseases are declining, as are new infections, bolstering strong evidence that the Global Fund partnership model is the most effective way to deliver global health. Canada has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund since its inception in 2002, contributing CAD 2.1 billion to date – the largest donation made by Canada to an international nancing institution for health. For the Global Fund Fourth Replenishment cycle (2014-2016) Canada pledged CAD 650 million.
In May 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada was pledging CAD 785 million for 2017-2019, a 20 percent increase over its pledge for the previous replenishment period.
In addition, Canada has generously agreed to host the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment conference, which took place in Montreal on 16 September 2016.
OUR BREAKDOWN (SOURCE: GLOBAL FUND):
17 MILLION LIVES SAVED FROM AIDS, TB AND MALARIA
8.6 MILLION PEOPLE ON ANTIRETROVIRAL THERAPY FOR HIV
15 MILLION PEOPLE TESTED AND TREATED FOR TUBERCULOSIS
600 MILLION MOSQUITO NETS DISTRIBUTED TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM MALARIA
3.3 MILION MOTHERS RECEIVING MEDICINE TO PREVENT TRANSMITTING HIV TO THEIR BABIES
Global Fund stated that; Working with partners such as Canada, has been an important investor in improving the health of women and girls and is striving to make further advances to address the human rights barriers to access. The Global Fund estimates that approximately 55-60 percent of its investments benefits women and girls. Gender inequalities, harmful practices, sexual violence and discrimination against women continue to fuel a disproportionate number of new HIV infections in women and adolescent girls, and increase their overall health risks.
In the hardest-hit countries, girls account for more than 80 percent of all new HIV infections among adolescents; 7,000 girls aged 15-24 are infected with HIV every week. In low- and middle-income countries, TB is the fifth-leading cause of death for women. Children under five years of age and pregnant women are particularly susceptible to malaria, a disease that is an important cause of illness and death during pregnancy. We cannot end HIV, TB and malaria as epidemics without addressing these challenges.
CANADA ON GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS AND INNOVATION
Canada is a key Global Fund partner in advancing innovation. Scientific advances, innovative ideas and private sector savvy are unlocking improvements in disease prevention, treatment and care – from faster delivery of essential medicines to more effective methods of reaching the people most in need. Private sector partners such as Coca-Cola, Munich Re and Standard Bank provide critical financial resources, contribute expertise, provide training, participate in governance, improve supply chains and nancial management, and raise awareness about the diseases.
Through the Global Fund’s Innovation Hub, the Global Fund partnership draws on the best innovations from across sectors while stimulating new innovations for more rapid progress and greater impact, particularly in areas like procurement and supply chain management, nancial and risk management and program quality. Private sector partners build country procurement capacity for sustainable systems while providing every country access to low-cost, high-quality products.
CANADA ON HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
Despite extraordinary progress, human rights barriers are preventing millions of people from being able to access prevention, treatment and care, particularly key populations such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs, prisoners, migrants, refugees and women and adolescent girls. Canada is committed to supporting programs aimed at overcoming human rights barriers so that everyone can access the health services they need through the global fund. All Global Fund-supported programs are required to meet minimum human rights standards aimed at guaranteeing that Global Fund investments do not infringe upon human rights, that they increase access to quality services and that they maximize the potential impact of interventions.
CANADA ON GENDER EQUALITY:
Canada through the Global Fund is focusing sharply on women and girls, making strategic investments to improve their health and supporting country-driven processes grounded in equity and inclusiveness. These investments are making a difference. Between 2005 and 2014, AIDS-related deaths among women aged 15 years and above declined 58 percent in key African countries where the Global Fund invests. Antiretroviral (ARV) therapy coverage is becoming available to more women, and more women are staying on treatment. There is strong evidence that keeping adolescent girls and young women in school
not only reduces their vulnerability to HIV infection but can yield healthy, educated and nancially independent women who make well-informed choices about their lives. Reaching adolescent girls and young women with services that span.