Continue to support the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, Stefan Löfven!

AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria affect millions of poor people around the world. Despite this, the Swedish government wants to reduce support for the Global Fund, which fights the three diseases. The reduced funding is a threat to our ability to stop the epidemics, 159 organizations write in an open letter to Stefan Löfven.

Dear Prime Minister Stefan Löfven,

We are writing to you with an urgent matter, namely the possibility of fundamentally changing the spread of the three worst poverty-related diseases in the world. Sweden is one of the co-founders of the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and is its leading Scandinavian donor. The Global Fund has shown that it is possible to stop the spread of these three devastating diseases and save lives.

We are therefore shocked that the Swedish government is cutting the allocation to the Global Fund from SEK 850 to 550 million. Sweden's agreements of SEK 2,5 billion for the period 2014-2016 have already been distributed to countries in accordance with the Global Fund's distribution model. A reduction of 300 million is a real threat to our overall ability to stop the epidemics and will have a negative impact on many people's lives.

Since its inception, the Global Fund has saved close to 17 million lives. Today, more than eight million people have access to life-saving HIV treatment, 13 million people have been tested and treated for tuberculosis, and 548 million people have a mosquito net to protect against malaria. With the full support of SEK 850 million, Sweden can contribute to saving 60 lives through programs supported by the Global Fund and avoid around 000 million new cases of the three diseases.

The successes achieved during the last 10 years' fight against the three diseases show what solidarity within the international community can achieve for millions of people. As civil society organizations from all over the world, we take a particularly positive view of the common forces that are channeled through the Global Fund. The common forces enable us to reach particularly vulnerable groups, such as women and girls, who are worst affected by the three epidemics.

New statistics show that we can achieve the global goal of Agenda 2030 to stop these three epidemics as a threat to public health - if we increase our joint efforts. At the same time, it is clear that if we slow down, the spread of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria will increase again, which will deprive future generations of the hope of a world free from the three diseases.

We urge the Swedish government to stick to its commitments in global health and not cut back on its allocation to the Global Fund.

Med vänliga hälsningar,
159 civil society organizations from around the world

3D Projects Ltd, Jamaica
Action Belize (TIA BELIZE), Belize
ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership, United States
Affirmative Action, Cameroon
Africa Japan Forum, Japan
African Council of AIDS Service Organizations (AfriCASO), Senegal
Africans in Partnership Against AIDS, Canada
AIDES, France
AIDS Fund / STOP AIDS NOW !, Netherlands
AIDS for AIDS International, United States
AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Mexico
AIDS Foundation, Denmark
Alliance for Public Health, Ukraine
All-Ukrainian Charitable organization "Chas zhittya plus", Ukraine
All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV / AIDS, Ukraine
Alternatives Cameroon, Cameroon
American Refugee Committee Myanmar, Myanmar
Friends Always Friends ASA, Dominican Republic
AMSHeR, Senegal
APCASO, Asia and the Pacific
ARAS - Romanian Association Against AIDS, Romania
ARDEMUSA, El Salvador
AS - Center for the Empowerment Youth of people who are living with HIV and AIDS, Serbia
Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN +), Thailand
Women's Association Buscando Libertad (ASMUBULI), Colombia
Female Sex Trafficking Association Girasoles Nicaragua (Redtrasex Nicaragua), Nicaragua
Association de Lutte Contre le Sida (ALCS), Morocco
National Association of Support for Seropositive Diseases and Disorders (ANSS), Burundi
Tunisian Association for Positive Prevention, Tunisia
BASELINE Magazine, United Kingdom
BCARE USA INC - BCARE International, United States
Blue Cross Nyatike Community Development Programme, Kenya
Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS), Cameroon
Canadian HIV / AIDS Legal Network, Canada
Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, Caribbean
Charitable Organization “Dopomozhy Zhyttyu” (Help the Life), Ukraine
Chernivtsi City Charitable Foundation “New Family”, Ukraine
Civil Society Forum on HIV and AIDS - Jamaica, Jamaica
Civil Society Forum on HIV and AIDS - Serbia, Serbia
Civil Society Organization Center for development and improvement of public life Tetovo (CSO CDIPL Tetovo), Macedonia
C-NET +, Belize
Coact, United Kingdom
Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO) Trinidad and TobagoCoalition Internationale Sida, France
Coalition of Asia-Pacific Regional Networks on HIV / AIDS, Thailand
Colectivo Alejandria, El Salvador
Community Connections, South Africa
Community Initiative for TB, HIV / AIDS & Malaria (CITAM +), Zambia
Kimirina Corporation, Ecuador
Country Coordinating Mechanism Global Fund Suriname, Suriname
Danish Street Lawyer / Gadejuristen, Denmark
Double Positive Foundation, Suriname
El Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN), Dominican Republic
Empower Yourself Belize Movement, Belize
Espolea, Mexico
Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs, Ukraine
Friends For Life, Trinidad and Tobago
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, United States
Friends of the Global Fund Europe, France
Margen Foundation Support and Promotion of Women, Chile
Foundation for the Study and Investigation of the Woman, Argentina
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Zimbabwe
Global Coalition of TB Activists, India
Global Health Advocates, France
Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP +), Netherlands
Groupe side Geneva, Switzerland
Group of Activists and Treatments (GAT), Portugal
House of Khameleon, Fiji
Health Global Access Project, United States
Health NGOs Network (HENNET), Kenya
HIV-Denmark, Denmark
HIV-Sweden, Sweden
HPLGBT, Ukraine
India HIV / AIDS Alliance, India
Insight, Ukraine
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), Canada
International Civil Society Support, Netherlands
International Community of Women Living with HIV El Salvador, El Salvador
International Community of Women Living with HIV International, Kenya
International Community of Women Living with HIV Latina, Nicaragua
International HIV / AIDS Alliance, United Kingdom
International Planned Parenthood Federation, United Kingdom
International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), Kenya
Ishtar MSM, Kenya
Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, Jamaica
J-FLAG, Jamaica
Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO), Kenya
Kenya Harm Reduction Network (KHRN), Kenya
Kenya Treatment Access Movement (KETAM), Kenya
Kingston & St. Andrew Parish AIDS Association, Jamaica
Women's Circle Sweden (KCS), Sweden
Labor, Health and Human Rights Development Center, Nigeria
Mechanism of Coordination of the Netherlands El Salvador of Lucha against the VIH Side, tuberculosis and malaria (MCP-ES), El Salvador
Médecins Sans Frontières Sweden / Médecins Sans Frontières, Sweden
Men Against AIDS Youth Group, Kenya
Ministry of Health, National HIV / STI Program, Jamaica
Minority Rights Dominica (MiRiDom), Dominica
Movement of Men Against AIDS in Kenya (MMAAK), Kenya
Movement of Women Orchids of the Sea, El Salvador
Movement of Women's United States (MODEMU), Dominican Republic
Mujeres con Dignidad y Derechos de Panamá (MDDP), Panama
Myanmar Positive Group (National PLHIV Network), Myanmar
National Aids Commission Island Committee, Belize
National Association of People Living with HIV in Nepal, Nepal
Nava Kiran Plus, Nepal
Naya Goreto, Nepal
NGO “Childhood - no AIDS”, Ukraine
Nirnaya, Nepal
Latino Observatory, Latin America & the Caribbean
Omarang Charity Association for Multi Purpose (OCAM), South Sudan
ONE Campaign, Europe
Operation Hope (CBO), Kenya
Organization of Women in Superación (OMES), Guatemala
National Organization of Activists for the Emancipation of Women (ONAEM), Bolivia
Oriente +, Timor Leste
Italian Observatory on Global AIDS against AIDS, Italy
Out-Right Namibia, Namibia
Pacific Friends of the Global Fund, Australia
Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV (PANCAP), Guyana
PBSPhilippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Philippines
Pertubuhan Advokasi Masyarakat Terpinggir, Malaysia
Pertubuhan Kesihatan dan Kebajikan Umum Malaysia, Malaysia
Positive People Armenian Network, Armenia
Prevention Information Fight against the Side (PILS), Mauritius
Princess of Africa Foundation, South Africa
Red of Sex Workers of Honduras, Honduras
REDCA + PanamaRedTraSex LAC, Latin America & the Caribbean
RedTraSex Peru, Peru
African Training Network on the VIH side (RAF-VIH), Burkina Faso
RESULTS United Kingdom
Riksförbundet för sexuell upplysning (RFSU) / The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, Sweden
Rose Alliance, Sweden
Greetings from Derecho
Sarmad Ali, Pakistan
Sex & Samfund / Danish Family Planning Association, Denmark
Sex Work Association Of Jamaica, Jamaica
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Sociedad Civil, Spain
Stockholm User Association, Sweden
Stop TB Partnership Kenya, Kenya
Substance Abuse and AIDS Prevention Foundation, Ukraine
ThCell, United Kingdom
The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS, Canada
The Talugende Foundation, Uganda, Ukraine
Trelawny Parish Aids Association, Jamaica
United in Esperanza, Paraguay
United and Strong Inc., Saint Lucia
United Youth in Development Goals (UYGD), Malawi
World Infection Fund, Sweden
Victory Post Test Group, Kenya
WACI Health, Kenya
Women Against Rape Inc., Antigua and Barbuda
Women Won't Wait International Campaign, Argentina
World Vision Foundation of Thailand, Thailand
Wote Youth Development Projects, Kenya
Youth LEAD Cambodia, Cambodia

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