Canada urged to invest more to help fight some diseases

(Montreal) The groups hope that Canada will take advantage of the upcoming international AIDS conference in Montreal to make a stronger funding commitment to the global organization that fights the disease, tuberculosis and malaria.

Published at 10:42

Jacob Serebrin
Canadian press

Eliza Lego, Canadian director of the ONE Campaign, says her organization wants Canada to provide $1.2 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the opening of the conference on July 29.

“With this investment, Canada, like other countries, will help save 20 million people over the next few years. The likelihood that the Prime Minister [Trudeau] that we will not take this opportunity worries us,” she said.


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Justin Trudeau attended the international conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, held in Montreal in September 2016.

Mto me Lego claims that the Global Fund, which subsidizes ministries of health and nongovernmental organizations fighting these three diseases, has helped save about 44 million lives over the past 20 years.

Canada is one of the Fund’s main benefactors. He has given her over $4 billion since 2002.

Chris Dendis, chief executive of the Results Canada group, says his group is “also seeking” a $1.2 billion federal contribution. “This is the amount that the Global Fund says it needs – the bare minimum.”

“We hear that our request has come as a shock, which is unfortunate given the opportunity for Canada to make an impact and gain a foothold on the world stage while the rest of the planet watches,” Ms said.to me Dendis.

The Global Fund is asking for $18 billion in funding from public donors over the next three years, about 30% more than the assistance requested three years ago. Organization says it needs more money to make up for “hard-won revenues” [qui] were lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has disrupted health services, including those fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.to me Lego.

When the pandemic hit, we let these deadly diseases take over. Mortality from tuberculosis and malaria increased for the first time in several years. If this trend is not stopped, this will be the worst legacy of COVID. We are very concerned about this failure.

Eliza Lego, ONE Canadian Campaign Director

The $1.2 billion requested by the Canadian government is a “fair share” of the $18 billion goal the Global Fund is aiming for, she said. This amount represents a 30% increase from Canada’s previous contribution of $930.4 million in 2019.

Mto me Denis recalls that Mr. Trudeau often played a leadership role in encouraging other countries to contribute to the Global Fund. Other countries are waiting to see what Canada will do.

“It’s not just about Canada’s involvement. The question is really important. Other donors need to be persuaded to contribute and to do so at a level that will matter. If we don’t reach our goal, we’ll dig a hole into which other donors will fall. »

The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson referred questions about the matter to the office of International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan. Who said he wouldn’t be able to answer it until next week.