Remarks by Ambassador David Gilmour on Global Fund Ceremony

Ambassador’s Remarks
Global Fund Ceremony
November 30, 2017

Distinguished guests
Ladies and gentlemen

I am honored to join you today to celebrate the signing of three new grant agreements of the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.  Today is an occasion to highlight the tremendous record of success that the Global Fund has had in reducing HIV, Malaria and TB in Togo, and to commit ourselves to continue the fight against these deadly diseases until they are eliminated.

The U.S. Government is a proud partner in, and supporter of, Global Fund efforts. This support, combined with the contributions of other donors, the hard work of implementing partners, and the diligent efforts of the government of Togo have enabled us to make impressive progress in the prevention, control, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, around the world and here in Togo.

The three grants launched in 2015, totaling around 70 million dollars, have had a significant impact, specifically:

  • Togo was able to spend nearly 80% of its budget, up from 50% over the previous round of grants.
  • New HIV infections in Togo are down 50 % since 2015.
  • The government has much better coordinating mechanisms to distribute Malaria medicines and prevention kits.

The three new grants, totaling almost 69 million dollars, will build on these successes and take us through the year 2020.

It is a credit to the government and global fund that nearly all HIV positive Togolese are able to receive antiviral medications, allowing them to live a normal life.

However, we still have much work to do and now is not the time to rest. For example, the government has made great strides in reducing Malaria infections rates in among children under 5 years old. Unfortunately Malaria still constitutes the number one cause of death of this vulnerable population, and it is imperative we continue to assist the government in eliminating preventable deaths from Malaria.

Tuberculosis also remains a serious public health risk in Togo, especially here in Lome where 44% of cases are recorded.   The government is performing well in identifying and treating TB cases wherever they may appear, helping reduce the spread of this contagious disease, and we must continue these efforts.

I want to close by thanking all the partners and the Government of Togo who have worked tirelessly side by side to eradicate these three diseases.

The Global Fund agreements we are signing today represent a big step toward making AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis problems of the past.  When we work together to improve public health in Africa and around the world, we save lives, and build a better future for everyone.  I am pleased at the progress we have made, and look forward to continuing our strong partnership in this most important of efforts.