$14 billion pledged to fight AIDS, TB, malaria epidemics

$14 billion pledged to fight AIDS, TB, malaria epidemics

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

Zambia has pledged to contribute 5.5 million United States dollars to the Global Fund towards fighting HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis -TB and Malaria.

This money will allow the Global Fund to support affected countries, such as Kenya, with a view to saving 16 million lives, preventing 234 million new infections and continuing to finance innovations and improvements for health systems.

World Health Organization and the Global Fund have worked closely together since the Global Fund was set up in 2002 to help countries establish and sustain nationally-driven programmes to fight HIV, TB and malaria.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday asked worldwide donors gathered in Lyon, east France, to join an initiative to raise 14 billion US dollars for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years. "We must reach $14 million in the next three hours". To give a boost toward this year's target, France increased its pledge to $1.42 billion, $60 million more than previously announced, Macron said.

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

"There are still so many regions, countries and areas of the world where we have not met our goals and if we don't win the battle in those areas, sometimes it's just a region of a very poor country, if we don't win there, then we can lose even the achievements that we have made because the pandemic can regain growth, the disease can spread further and we can't slip backwards", Macron said urging states to honor their commitments.

"AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria: there are lives behind these words, young people who aspire to live a normal life, to fall in love with whoever they want, to have a job, to study". The U.S. and France are the biggest donors.

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.