|Published : 18 Sep 2016, 17:23:59|
World leaders to donate $13b to Global Fund to fight three diseases
At Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund (GF) in Montreal, world leaders vowed to donate $13 billion to the fund to prevent three of the world's most devastating diseases - AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced it at the closing session of the conference on Saturday, reports BSS.
"The world leaders at the two-day conference have pledged to donate $13 billion to the fund to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases and it would save eight million lives across the globe", he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the closing session of the conference with other heads of state and government as well as health ministers of different countries.
Apart from the Canadian prime minister, Swedish Premier Stefen Lofven, Secretary of State for International Development of the UK Priti Patel and Microsoft founder Bill Gates spoke at the closing session of the conference.
German Chancellor Angela Markel filled her absence with a video message at the closing session.
Heads of state and government, ministers of health and finance, as well as representatives from the private sector, academia, and civil society participated in the conference to further mobilise commitment to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030.
The Global Fund is the world's main funding body for activities related to the prevention and treatment of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It supports programmes all over the world, with a focus on those areas where the burden of disease is greatest. - IH