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AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria: Canada increases by 20% its contribution to The Global Fund

AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS, MALARIA:
CANADA INCREASES BY 20% ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE GLOBAL FUNDS

May 18, 2016

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created in 2002 to confront the world’s three deadliest pandemics.

It functions on the basis of voluntary financial contributions from partners in all sectors: governments, civil society and the private sector. Between 2002 and 2016, a total of 56 donor governments have pledged US$42 billion.

The Canadian Government has just announced a 20% increase of its contribution to $785 millions between 2017 and 2019. Moreover, Montreal will host the fifth Fund Replenishment Conference on September 16th.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, declared during his announcement : «We also have to look fo ways to reduce the inequalities that exist within communities and societies and one of these big inequalities is the one between
the sexes».

Funding close to 500 initiatives in more than 100 countries, the Global Fund plays a crucial role in the fight against these deadly ailments. According to its latest annual report, the organization estimates at 17 million the number of lives saved by the end of 2014 as a result of its interventions since its creation.

At the publication of the report in September 2015, Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, stated: “Advances in global health are transforming communities in ways that go way beyond what the numbers show. More people on treatment means parents can actually care for their children and be productive members of a community. Fewer infections means health centers can serve people with other ailments.”

Coalition PLUS has welcomed these advances: “8.1 million people living with HIV are now being treated under Global Fund programs, 800,000 more than at the end of 2014. This is a success of international solidarity that needs to be consolidated and, above all, continued.

The objective for the end of 2016 is to reach a cumulative total of 22 million lives saved.

Sources: lemonde.fr, 22 septembre 2015 et lactualite.com, 9 mai 2016

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