Global Fund collects $13b to fight diseases
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. –