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India set to generate global fund for AIDS, TB & Malaria program

India is ready to set funds for AIDS, TB and malaria program and sustain health systems across the world. With this India would be first country to host a Preparatory Meeting for the Global Fund’s tri-annual Replenishment in New Delhi on February 7 & 8, 2019.

It provides a golden opportunity to highlight India’s contribution to Sustainable Development Goals through broad public-private partnerships and through use of new tools and technology.

Indian Civil Society has also urged Government to step up fight against HIV, TB and Malaria and commit to minimum US$ 40 billion for Global Fund Sixth Replenishment. Sonal Mehta, chief Executive of India HIV/AIDS alliance said “The Government India needs to take immediate steps and not wait for health expenditure to increase from 1.2% to 2.5% of its GDP by 2025 and increase its state sector health spending to over 8% of the budget by 2020 to reach the targets set by National health policy in 2017.

This allocation of US$ 14 billion will help to save 16 million lives, cut mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half and would assist in developing a stronger health systems by 2023, said by Dianne Stewart, Head, Donor Relations at the Global Fund. The Sixth Replenishment of Global Fund will aid global community to fight against three diseases and will ensure healthy lives and along with well-being for all at all ages.

Despite all these investment and commitments, public spending on health is 1.2% of GDP, which is significantly lower than peers of similar income levels. With such low priority to health by government, the masses have lowest levels of financial risk protection for health with majority paying out of pocket for healthcare.

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