Thank you for contacting me about UK action to tackle HIV and AIDS worldwide.
The UK is a world leader on this issue, as demonstrated our pledge of £1.4 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria. This is our largest commitment to date, and makes us the second largest donor (behind the US) to the current replenishment (2020-22) of the Fund.
The Global Fund has provided up to $1 billion to help countries fight Covid-19, mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on HIV, TB and malaria programmes, and support and strengthen health systems. I am told that this funding comes from savings from the fifth replenishment of the Global Fund from 2017-2019. All of the funding from the sixth replenishment from 2020-2022, will be used to fund programmes to fight HIV, TB and malaria and support and strengthen health systems.
Thanks in part to the UK's consistent and generous support, from the peak of the HIV crisis in the late 1990s and early 2000s, annual AIDS-related deaths and new infections have been cut by half. Of the 38 million people living with HIV, 25.4 million are on antiretroviral therapy today – 20.1 million in the countries where the Global Fund invests.
In recognition of the critical role that civil society organisations play in the AIDS response to address inequalities and hold governments to account the UK is also supporting the Robert Carr Fund, of which is was a founding member. The UK has committed £15 million to this Fund since its inception, and I am told that future investments will be announced later this year.
Ministers are also engaged with preparations for the upcoming UN High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS.
More broadly, I welcome that the Foreign Secretary has confirmed that investing in global health is one of seven key ODA priorities going forward, on which approximately £1.3 billion will be spent in 2021.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP.