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.
"I am happy to tell you that yes, we have managed to raise 14 billion", Macron told the event, at which donors also pledged money to tackle tuberculosis and malaria. The fund says the money will help save 16 million lives and avert 234 million infections by 2023.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday asked worldwide donors gathered in Lyon, east France, to join an initiative to raise 14 billion US dollars for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years.
Macron urged leaders to accelerate the donations in his opening speech. Government made a US$1 million contribution at the conference as the country strives towards ending AIDS by 2030.
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The grants are implemented by the Ministry of Health and Child and Child Care and United Nations in collaboration with civil society organisations and the National Aids Council (NAC) to support HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programmes and run for three years. "It is a decision to invest against injustice", said the French president, highlighting the disproportionate rate of infection and deaths from AIDS, TB and malaria in poor countries, and among women and girls.
As an worldwide organisation, the Global Fund mobilises and invests more than US$4 billion a year in support of programmes run by local experts in more than 100 countries. The U.S. and France are the biggest donors.
The donations from governments, philanthropic donors and the private sector will finance health programs in more than 100 countries, the fund said. Major recipients of the fund are Nigeria, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Briefly, it could help get the world back on track to end HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria as set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target.