World Leaders Seek $14 Billion to Battle AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria

Henrietta Brewer
October 10, 2019

Nearly 14 billion United States dollars (£11.4 billion) has been raised to finance the global fight against Aids, tuberculosis and malaria over the next three years, French President Emmanuel Macron has said.

Established in 2002, the Global Fund raised 12.9 billion USA dollars from worldwide donors during its previous conference held in Canada in 2016.

The French leader urged leaders to accelerate the donations in his opening speech.

"The funds that are being asked of us are not. charity".

Anything more than the $12.2 billion pledged at the fund's last meeting three years ago in Montreal "will be considered a success", said an official in the French presidency.

"What we want to do is to make AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria disappear from the face of the Earth", he added to applause, and announced that France, the fund's number-two donor, will boost its own contribution by 15 percent.

The President together with other heads of states, civil society, CEOs, global health leaders and people affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria from across the world are in Lyon, where French President Emmanuel Macron, is hosting the conference.

Congress pledge to the Global Fund came in defiance to US President Donald Trump's earlier announcement that he could cut aid to the Global Fund for the 2020 fiscal year.

The donations from governments, philanthropists and the private sector will be used to finance health programs over the next three years in more than 100 countries, including major recipients that are Nigeria, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

"We are absolutely thrilled", Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands said at a news conference.

The organisation said the programmes it has supported since its creation in 2002 have saved 32 million lives.

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