Canada to host conference to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

Canada will host the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Montréal, Quebec on September 16, 2016, Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday. 

The Global Fund initiative is a true expression of Canada’s core values – to care for each other, to support those in need, and to prioritize the health and wellness of our global community.

This conference will bring global health leaders together in an effort to end the epidemics of three of the world’s most devastating diseases – AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria – by 2030.

The Prime Minister also announced that Canada will pledge $785 million, for 2017 to 2019, to help save an additional 8 million lives, and stop an additional 300 million new infections by 2019. This investment represents a 20 per cent increase from the previous pledge made for 2014-2016.

Trudeau said: “This is an historic opportunity for Canada and the world. 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.”

The Prime Minister voiced his support for the Global Fund’s new youth driven social media campaign “End It. For Good” Those who get involved in the campaign will have the opportunity to join others who are dedicated to making the world a better place at a concert in Montréal in September.

Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “The Global Fund was one of the first organizations to recognize that we can’t win the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria unless we fight for the rights of women and girls. It’s playing a key role in tackling gender disparities and ensuring that millions of women and girls have an opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life.”

The Prime Minister made the announcement with Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund andMelinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, after meeting with representatives from a number of Canadian organizations active in international development and youth engagement.

They were joined by: the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie; the Honourable Alexander Percival Segbefia, Minister of Health for the Republic of Ghana; the Honourable Prof. Moustafa Mijiyawa, Minister of Health for the Republic of Togo; and the Honourable Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and Francophonie for the Government of Quebec. CNW

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