MP joins fight against disease

Kirsten Oswald pledges support to the Global Fund
Kirsten Oswald pledges support to the Global Fund

Kirsten Oswald MP has urged the UK Government to continue its support for the Global Fund to fight the scourge of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Alongside former Eurythmics lead singer Annie Lennox, Kirsten attended the parliamentary awareness event in London.

Victory against the trio of deadly infections is within reach, Ms Oswald was told - though only if the UK Government shows ambitious support for the Global Fund.

Along with leading charities and pressure groups, Ms Oswald joined other MPs in a call for the new PM Theresa May’s UK Government to pledge £1.2 billion to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria– enough money to save 1.1million lives.

Kirsten said: “The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has helped to deliver real progress on tackling these three epidemics since it was founded in 2002. These diseases have a devastating impact on children in particular and the Global Fund has helped to save millions of lives over the past 14 years.

“The UK has played a vital role in supporting the Global Fund and I urge the new Prime Minister to ensure that we continue to take a leading role in tackling these preventable killer diseases.”

Annie Lennox, who gave the keynote speech at the event, said: “We should be proud of the strong leadership role and dedication to global public health that the UK has shown to date. But now is the critical time to invest further in the global response against the three diseases if we are to reach the sustainable development goal targets by 2030.