Worldwide donors pledge $14 bln to tackle AIDS - Macron

President to attend 6th replenishment conference in France

Dr Tedros was speaking on behalf of the Global Fund Board partners namely UNAIDS, the Stop TB Partnership, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, UNITAID, World Bank and WHO at the Lyon conference.

Beside French President Emmanuel Macron, who hosted the replenishment conference and had urged governments to open their wallets wide, Sands said the target was even slightly exceeded, reaching $14.02 billion (€12.07bn).

Announcing the drive to raise funds to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, Macron emphasised on the need to make AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis disappear from the planet earth and assured the conference that the objective to get rid of the diseases by 2030 is achievable if nations work together.

Worldwide donors pledged around $14 billion to fight AIDS on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron told a donors' conference in city of Lyon. "With these resources, we can step up the fight".

The US Congress has approved a commitment to give a total of 4.7 billion dollars (£3.8 billion) over three years, while Britain has pledged £1.4 billion.

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At the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, President Paul Biya and wife Chantal Biya travelled to France last Tuesday October 08, 2019 to take part in this Conference attended by four other African Head of States and other delegations.

He also thanked the Global Fund for having contributed 1.2 billion dollars towards Zambia's fight against the three diseases. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya at the end of the Global Funds Replenishment Conference. The United States and France are the Global Fund's biggest public 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.

The organization said the programs it has supported since its creation in 2002 have saved 32 million lives. This money will allow the Global Fund to support affected countries and populations with a view to saving 16 million lives, preventing 234 million new infections and continuing to finance innovations and improvements for health systems.

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