Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Global Fund raises $13.92 billion to fight AIDS, TB, Malaria

Global Fund raises $13.92 billion to fight AIDS, TB, Malaria

Hosting the conference in Lyon, Mr Macron said 13.92 billion U.S. dollars (£11.3 billion) had been promised for the work - and he vowed to keep pushing for more.

Governments, businesses and philanthropists gathered in France pledged just over $14 billion on Thursday to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, exceeding the targeted amount, its chief executive Peter Sands announced. The fund says the money will help save 16 million lives and avert 234 million infections by 2023. 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.

He said France has raised its pledge by 15% to 1.24 billion euro (£1.1 billion).

"We have contributed to the tune of 3Billion frs CFA to the Global Fund since we also benefit from this fund in the fight against these epidemics" President Paul Biya disclosed to the national and worldwide media as being part of his discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The US Congress has approved a commitment to give a total of 4.7 billion dollars (£3.8 billion) over three years, while Britain has pledged £1.4 billion.

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President Macron chronicled the success stories of the Global Fund 17 years later since the Fund was setup.

Dr. Chilufya said the strong political will exhibited by President Lungu has enabled Zambia make head-ways in fighting HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Kenya is not only a donor but also an implementer of Global Fund-supported programmes.

The donations from governments, philanthropic donors and the private sector will be used to finance health programs in more than 100 countries.

Zimbabwe has paid its dues to Global Fund and United Nations in line with its obligations of US$1 million towards the Global Fund and appeals for support and sought partnerships to strengthen primary health care in the country.

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