Opening the session, Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, noted that The Global Fund has helped to save 50 million lives over its course of work. By 2019, it had helped to cut the rates of its focused diseases in half until COVID derailed some of the work.
Moving to the panelists, each of whom partner with The Global Fund, Alison Moore, CEO of Comic Relief US, explained her organization’s commitment to the health of children and families, and specifically to end intergenerational poverty. Ambitious goals require a diverse set of partners to innovate and scale, she explained. For Robbie Brozin, Founder of Nando’s, investing in health made business sense. The farmers in Mozambique growing the peri peri chili used in his company’s sauces suffered from high rates of malaria, disrupting families and costing lives. Fighting malaria in these farms has led to improved quality of life for farm families and communities, in addition to better productivity. Helen McDowell, Head of Government and Global Public Health at ViiV Healthcare, explained the need to put people at the center of care provision, especially women and girls.
The panel implored the audience to donate to The Global Fund to help replenish its emergency fund, noting that the U.S. government and The Gates Foundation will match private sector commitments.
“We can’t do it on our own. It’s our relationship with The Global Fund that’s made a real impact for us, helping us serve over 3.5 million people.”
Robbie Brozin, Founder, Nando’s
“We need to invest in innovation and focus on the goals we have set to make sure we eradicate these diseases by 2030.”
Helen McDowell, Head of Government and Global Public Health, ViiV Healthcare
“It’s daunting work, but we don’t think it’s insurmountable. And that’s because of partnerships.”
Alison Moore, CEO, Comic Relief US
“When it comes down to it, it’s all about what happens within communities, and the people in some of the most impoverished and marginalized communities in the world.”
Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria