Canada announces $1.21 billion to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and additional support to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 – World
The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed health systems and lockdowns have disrupted health services around the world. This has had a devastating impact on efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Deaths from tuberculosis and malaria have increased and progress in reducing HIV-related deaths has stalled. We must redouble our efforts in the fight for all those we have not reached, especially vulnerable women and girls, if we are to stay on course to achieve the goal of eliminating these diseases as epidemics. by 2030.
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced at the Seventh Global Fund Donor Conference, hosted by the United States in New York, Canada is committing $1.21 billion to the Global Fund to Fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Prime Minister also announced a $100 million allocation for the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Facility, which helps countries mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV programs. AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and launches urgent improvements in health and community systems.
AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are devastating and deadly diseases that affect the most vulnerable and marginalized – including women and girls who are less likely to have access to life-saving treatment – yet they are widely preventable and treatable. The Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, technical partners, the private sector and people affected by the diseases to support national programs for prevention, treatment and care.
The Global Fund’s commitment to a people-centred, country-driven approach has resulted in solutions that have the greatest impact. Over the past 20 years, 50 million lives have been saved through the Global Fund’s partnership and today’s contribution will help the Global Fund save 20 million more.
The work of the Global Fund and key partners like UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership has been instrumental in increasing access to prevention, treatment and care for AIDS, TB and malaria worldwide , and Canada will remain a steadfast partner in these efforts.
“We are committed to leaving no one behind. The Global Fund is at the heart of the global fight against the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics and is a key partner in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Over the past 20 years, 50 million lives have been saved through the Global Fund’s partnership and today’s contribution will help the Global Fund save 20 million more. Given the scale of the needs, I encourage all partners to maintain their financial support to the Global Fund and other key partners such as UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership. It’s a global battle, and only together can we maximize the effectiveness of our collective investments.
– Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
The funding commitment announced today represents a 30% increase over Canada’s last pledge. As a long-time founding partner, Canada has contributed more than $3.9 billion to the Global Fund since its inception.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has also invested an additional $225 million in the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Facility to address urgent funding gaps, such as COVID testing -19, medical oxygen and support for country needs.
The Global Fund is Canada’s largest multilateral health investment and a critical partner in achieving Canada’s 10-year commitment to average $1.4 billion in funding each year from 2023 to support the health and rights of women, children and adolescents around the world.
In 2021, the rate of decline in new HIV infections has slowed. Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa have all seen rising rates of new infections.
After COVID-19, tuberculosis is the main deadly infectious disease. The impact of COVID-19 on TB programs has been significant: in 2020, the number of TB deaths increased for the first time in a decade.
A child dies of malaria almost every minute. In 2020, 241 million people contracted malaria, leading to 627,000 deaths; nearly 690,000 people died of HIV-related illnesses; and 1.75 million people were newly infected with HIV.
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