Global Fund Replenishment Conference Begins In Canada With Aim Of Raising $13B In Pledges Through 2019

Agence France-Presse: At Canada conference, $13 billion sought for anti-AIDS fight
“International donors gather in Montreal this weekend with a goal of raising another $13 billion for the fight to eradicate AIDS and two other major deadly diseases — tuberculosis and malaria — by 2030. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is chairing the conference, held every three years to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Among those expected to attend are U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a dozen heads of states, and U.S. billionaire Bill Gates…” (Sabourin, 9/15).

Devex: Canada to push Global Fund focus on vulnerable populations
“Canada’s hosting of the Global Fund Fifth Replenishment Conference in Montreal this weekend marks a significant uptick in country’s role in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been personally engaged with planning the conference — part of a broader push to elevate Canada’s leadership role in international development. … In addition to refilling the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s coffers with a requested $13 billion for 2017 to 2019, Canada will prioritize discussions about how to best reach women and girls, indigenous people, and LGBTQ populations…” (Halai, 9/16).

NPR: Why The U.S. Is Pledging $4.3 Billion To The Global Fund
“The U.S. has pledged up to $4.3 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years. The question is, will it actually make an impact? If previous data are any indication, the answer is yes. ‘The Global Fund has a good track record in terms of impact achieved and funding distributed,’ says Josh Michaud, associate director of global health at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy research group. … What makes the fund different from, let’s say, the World Bank or governments that give aid, is that local NGOs are part of the governing body, says Michaud. That means they have a bigger say in how money is disbursed on the ground…” (Gharib, 9/15).