Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Special coverage: the global fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

18 year old Amanda from Burundi spoke about her life with HIV in Lyon 18 year old Amanda from Burundi spoke about her life with HIV in Lyon
Gustavo Carr | 11 October, 2019, 11:24

"It is a decision to invest against injustice", said the French president, highlighting the disproportionate rate of infection and deaths from AIDS, TB and malaria in poor countries, and among women and girls.

The aim is to gather more money than during the last funding conference in 2016 ($12.2 billion).

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has officially opened the conference being attended by several Heads of State and governments.

US Microsoft founder, Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, left, and Irish rock band U2 singer Bono arrives at the City Hall of Lyon, central France, Wednesday Oct.9 2019, ahead of the two-day conference of Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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

The money will be paid to the Global Fund between 2020 and 2022. 68 billion over three years, about a third of the overall total.

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Donations from governments, philanthropists and the private sector 100 countries, the fund said.

Held every three years, the conference aims to raise at least 14 billion US dollars to help save 16 million lives and avert 234 million infections, according to the Global Fund. "This commitment is a strong statement that the fight against infectious diseases can be won, and that our commitment to "end the epidemics" and "leave no one behind" are not empty slogans". To protect the progress made to date and rise to the challenges, nations need to join forces and step up efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 (universal access to health).

The Global Fund said the programs it supported since its creation have already saved 32 million lives.

According to the World Health Organization, there were 37.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS across the globe in 2018. He acknowledged the critical role of the Global Fund in Zimbabwe's flight against HIV, TB and Malaria.

The United States contributed $4.68 billion - which is the largest support.