The Global Fund has saved 50m lives. So why has the UK refused to make a pledge? I Sarah Champion

Liz Truss’s first UN general assembly was a chance to commit to fighting global disease – millions of lives hang in the balance

The Global Fund is a worldwide campaign to defeat HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. I am proud that, as a co-founder of the fund, the UK has had a huge role to play in working towards this goal. To date, 50 million lives have been saved. Since its inception, the Global Fund has reduced the combined death rate from these three diseases by half in the countries it invests in.

This week, as Liz Truss attended her first United Nations general assembly as prime minister, she was set to outline her government’s plans and promote Britain on the world stage. The Global Fund’s pledging conference, which took place on Wednesday, was an opportunity for the UK to show their continuing support and commitment to this vital organisation. Unfortunately, no pledge was made.

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