Global Fund col­lects $13b to fight dis­eases

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DONORS pledged nearly US$13 bil­lion in the fight to erad­i­cate AIDS, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and malaria by 2030, Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau an­nounced at an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence.

“It is my great hon­our to an­nounce that for the fifth re­plen­ish­ment con­fer­ence for the Global Fund to end AIDS, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and malaria, we have reached our goal to­gether,” he said at the close of the donours’ meet­ing.

“We have raised al­most $13 bil­lion, and in do­ing so, we have saved eight mil­lion lives.”

Mr Trudeau hosted the con­fer­ence, which was at­tended by sev­eral heads of state as well as UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-Moon, Mi­crosoft founder Bill Gates and pop singer Bono – who co-founded the non­profit group ONE, which works to re­duce poverty and dis­ease in Africa.

The U2 front­man praised world lead­ers for com­ing to­gether to make “the sin­gle largest mul­ti­lat­eral in­vest­ment in a global health pro­ject in hu­man his­tory”.

The Global Fund has so far spent $30 bil­lion on pro­grams to fight the three deadly dis­eases around the world.

It has been cred­ited with help­ing to save 22 mil­lion lives and pre­vent­ing 300 mil­lion in­fec­tions over the past decade. –

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