2nd Technical & Consultative Meeting of EMRC will be held in Tehran from 15-16 Oct 2016 that will be attended by Mr. Norbert Hauser, the Board Chair, Dr. Adeela Hamood Hussain, Minister of Health from Iraq and a number of delegates from member countries and the Global Fund Secretariat and Office of Board Affairs.
An initial assessment during the previous regional workshop in Sudan showed the need for strengthening advocacy and fundraising in the Eastern Mediterranean Region so this meeting will focus on key opportunities to accelerate progress by building resilient and sustainable systems for health and supporting efforts to reach Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Also it will serve to build capacity and help participants reflect upon the new Global Fund strategies and policies adopted in 35th board meeting and provide a venue for discussing current issues within the constituency and consultation for the next board meeting and elections in the constituency.
Increased domestic finance is an essential element for sustainability in the fight against the three diseases. In many countries, increasing government financing of health is a positive trend and was in motion before the new funding model. In others, substantial additional government commitments have been triggered by policies of the funding model. It is important to note that the Global Fund encourages increased financing for health, not only for HIV, TB and malaria.
The global health landscape is inextricably tied to political and economic trends that continually change – requiring the Global Fund partnership to adapt and evolve. Changes and shifts include evolving health needs in the three diseases and beyond; political changes, power relationships and policy shifts; and economic growth with increasing location of poverty and disease burden in middle-income countries. Other potential challenges include questions around accountability and the key role of civil society, the unique complexities in challenging operating environments and issues related to sustainability and transition.
The Global Fund relies on voluntary financial contributions from all sectors of society – governments, private sector, social enterprises, philanthropic foundations and individuals.
While donor governments provide the largest source of financing, the private sector and other nongovernment donors represent an increasingly important share of its cash contributions. Partnerships with the private sector represent a significant source to broaden the donor base to ensure long-term sustainability.
The private sector also plays a significant role in filling gaps in governance, implementation, advocacy and procurement so that Global Fund-supported programs can continue to reach the people who are in need of their services.
Looking ahead, we anticipate fundamental changes in the post-2015 era in health and development and tremendous opportunities to accelerate the end of the three epidemics and improve health. Despite all the challenging situations in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, there is much room for advocacy and fundraising in this region which could enhance the health programs for all the people living here.
We are at a pivotal moment in global health. With new scientific advances and growing experience in implementation we now have the possibility to eliminate HIV, tuberculosis and malaria as threats to public health by ending them as epidemics.