EU tops up commitment to end AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis

EU tops up commitment to end AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis

19/09/2016

Daily news - Replenishment Conference Global Fund – Montreal

EU tops up commitment to end AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis

On the occasion of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund in Montreal (17-19/09), Commissioner for Development and Cooperation, Neven Mimica, announced an additional € 5 million to the pledge already announced in March, allocating an overall € 475 million to the fund for the period 2017-19, which is a substantial increase compared to the previous period (2014-16) when the European Commission contributed € 370 million.

The European Commission called for the international community to join efforts and accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, with a special attention to the most disadvantaged population groups as part of the universal health coverage.

Attending the conference on behalf of the European Commission, Commissioner Mimica commented:

"Together we can tip the balance in the right direction and support the Global Fund in their ambition to put an end to HIV, TB and malaria epidemics for good."

Collectively, the EU and its Member States have been the largest donors to the fund since its creation, and have therefore made a very important contribution to its results. Since 2002, the number of people dying from the three diseases has fallen by a third, and specifically the number of people dying of AIDS-related causes has almost  halved in the countries where the Global Fund invests.

 

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For more information: Christina Wunder christina.wunder@ec.europa.eu and Carlos Martin Ruiz de la Gordejuela carlos.MARTIN-RUIZ-DE-GORDEJUELA@ec.europa.eu