THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
AUSTRALIAS CONTRIBUTION TO THE GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS, AND MALARIA
The Abbott Government needs to confirm immediately that Australia will continue to be a strong contributor to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
The Coalition is ripping $4.5 billion out of Australias international aid budget. But Tony Abbott wont tell Australians, or the international community, where the axe will fall.
Mr Abbotts cuts to international aid must not be allowed to compromise the important work of the Global Fund in fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in developing countries, including some of Australias nearest neighbours such as Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste.
Since 2002, with Australias help, the Global Funds more than US$22.4 billion of programs in around 150 countries have saved an estimated 8.7 million lives by providing anti-retroviral treatment for people living with HIV, and tuberculosis treatment for 9.7 million people.
Around 21 per cent of the Global Funds grants are directed to Asia and the Pacific.
These grants have resulted in more than 500,000 people on lifesaving HIV treatment; 46 million insecticide-treated bed nets distributed; and the treatment of 6.6 million cases of tuberculosis.
In 2013 alone, a commitment by the former Labor Government saw Australia give $100 million to the Global Fund the largest contribution our country has ever made in a single year.
The Global Fund is an international financing institution established in 2002 to dramatically increase resources for the fight against the three pandemics. It is a partnership between government, civil society, the private sector, and affected communities.
TUESDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2013