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Not so long ago, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria destroyed millions of lives and communities, causing enormous pain and suffering. Then the world came together like never before and created the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It funded clinics, supported nurses and doctors, and helped keep people healthy and safe. 32 million lives have been saved.
But today, these diseases are regaining ground, and all the progress we made is in danger of slipping away. Women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. Worldwide, nearly 1,000 young women and girls are infected with HIV every day. Gender inequality, discrimination, violence, limited access to education and a lack of tailored services inhibit women’s and girls’ access to health care and fuel new infections.
Ahead of the Global Fund's 6th Replenishment on October 10th in Lyon, we’ve come together and started this petition to call on the world to make a strong promise to the next generation.
In July, we published an open letter signed by 40 artists, athletes and activists, and more than 35,000 people around the world. The letter promises to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics by 2030 – the year that the children of today will become adults – and is a call to action for the world to step up the fight to end the three deadliest infectious diseases.
Join us by signing this petition, and letting world leaders know the importance of making this promise and ending AIDS, TB and malaria by raising at least US$14 billion to save 16 million lives when they gather in Lyon in 3 weeks.
"I've personally witnessed the devastation caused by AIDS, TB and malaria around the world. We have the tools to put an end to these diseases. If we act NOW we can achieve this Global Goal by 2030. Let’s put an end to these epidemics once and for all! It CAN be done" - Annie Lennox, OBE
"As a mother I am deeply concerned about the legacy we are leaving the next generation. While kids today have many battles ahead I am determined that AIDS, TB and malaria will not be left for them to deal with" - Penélope Cruz
Make the promise now and help save 16 million lives.
Annie Lennox OBE, Diane Kruger, Natalie Portman & Penélope Cruz
Read the full letter: https://www.stepupthefight.org
Read more about the campaign: https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/