The United Nations Foundation premiered today in London “A New Picture of Health” – a unique documentary about the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) and its ongoing impact in saving millions of lives – particularly those of women and children across the developing world. This special screening included the participation of high level delegates from across Europe at the House of Commons. The program also featured, comments from Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development for the United Kingdom; Richard Manning, Vice-Chair of replenishment for the Global Fund and former Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; and Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund. The film’s premiere takes place at a critical time as global health leaders prepare to meet in New York next week to discuss replenishment for the Global Fund.
“In less than a decade nearly six million lives have been saved by Global Fund programs,” said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation. “This film shows the impact and potential of the Global Fund to save and improve the well-being of mothers and children across the globe.”
Narrated by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, the film chronicles how investments from European donors in health are empowering communities and putting an end to diseases of poverty. The film includes personal stories from community health workers, patients, and community leaders to show the impact of the Global Fund’s programs in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Indonesia, and was filmed in broadcast-quality Hi Definition by filmmaker David Evans in April and May of 2010.
“At times, the impact of our work cannot be conveyed through numbers, graphs and charts,” said Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “By showing firsthand glimpses of the power that improved health systems bring to people all over the world, this film renews our collective determination to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to the finish.”
The London screening of “a New Picture of Health” comes at a time when several donor countries have already announced significantly increased contributions to the Global Fund at the United Nations Millennium Development Goals summit in New York last week.
“European donors have been responsible for over half of all contributions made to the Global Fund to date,” said Andrew Mitchell. “Our continued collective financial support to the Global Fund as a key mechanism in meeting the health Millennium Development Goals is needed now more than ever – at a point when the tide is turning in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.”
On 4th October 2010, the Global Fund will face a crucial financial replenishment pledge from member countries at the UN Headquarters in New York.
This commitment will enable existing programs to be funded at current levels through 2013 but also allows countries to significantly scale up new programs, promoting more rapid progress toward the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
“The Global Fund shows that concerted international support for locally-led programmes with clear objectives and a determination to achieve results can change realities on the ground massively in a few years. Millions of lives have been saved, and the potential to do more is clear. This clear evidence is the best reason for donors, both public and private, to back the Fund’s vital Replenishment exercise despite the challenging economic and financial environment,” said Richard Manning, Vice-Chair of the Global Fund Replenishment.
To watch a preview of the video, download stills, and to learn more, visit www.unfoundation.org/a-new-picture-of-health.
The Global Fund is an innovative global public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Since 2002 the Global Fund has approved more than $19.5 billion in spending to combat these three diseases to date. About 35% of the Global Fund’s grants are used to build and strengthen health systems around the world.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.
In 2001, the UN Foundation responded to a call to action by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to mobilize resources in support of projects combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The United Nations Foundation works in close partnership with the Global Fund to support and fund efforts needed to prevent and treat people in regions that are most affected by these three diseases.