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Following Canada’s Example, U.K. Should ‘Boldly Support’ Global Fund At Pledging Conference

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Equal opportunity: the U.K.’s moment to be bold, as Canada signals global health leadership
Richard Feachem, policy adviser at Malaria No More U.K. and director of the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco

“…Canada [has] increased [its] pledge to the Global Fund by 20 percent — a pledge that will greatly contribute to worldwide efforts to end deadly yet preventable diseases. Canada’s announcement comes at a time when we have experienced unprecedented progress in driving down disease worldwide. … [T]he possibility of a shrinking malaria map fueled a dream when I first led the Global Fund at its inception in 2002. And, while we are close, the dream of ending [HIV, TB, and malaria] has not yet been realized. Financing will be required to sustain the gains from decades of efforts, made possible by previous commitments and generosity. … The stakes will be high at the September pledging conference in Canada. … Following Canada’s suit, the U.K. could and should boldly support the Global Fund to demonstrate leadership in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to end the epidemics of HIV, TB, and malaria for good” (5/11).

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