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AIDS-fighting fund to gather in Montreal in September

MONTREAL: Donor countries of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria will meet in Montreal in September to try to raise $13 billion to finance their work, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Canada will put forward Can$785 million (US$605.6 million) of the 2017-2019 budget at the September 16 gathering, Trudeau announced....

SAMAA | - Posted: May 10, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: May 10, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago

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MONTREAL: Donor countries of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria will meet in Montreal in September to try to raise $13 billion to finance their work, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.

Canada will put forward Can$785 million (US$605.6 million) of the 2017-2019 budget at the September 16 gathering, Trudeau announced.

The Fund is scrambling to try to end the world’s AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics by 2030.

The Fund says it has saved an estimated 17 million lives thanks to prevention and care programs in more than 140 countries since it was created in 2002.

Canada’s contribution alone, up 20 percent, should help save about eight million additional lives by 2018, according to Trudeau’s office.

“This is an historic opportunity for Canada and the world,” the prime minister said.

“By fast-tracking investments and building global solidarity, we can bring an end to three devastating epidemics — AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria — that have tragic and far-reaching impacts on the world’s most vulnerable people.” –AFP

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