Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat three killer diseases

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Donor countries, private foundations, corporations and individuals on Tuesday gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to pledge new funding for the global partnership to fight three killer diseases -- HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria -- with total commitments to be announced later here Tuesday.

Programs supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria have saved an estimated 5.7 million lives, provided AIDS treatment for 2.8 million people and TB treatment for 7 million people, and distributed 122 million bed nets to prevent malaria.

"Thanks to your work, thanks to your committed engagement, we are saving millions of lives. And we will save millions more," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants gathered for the meeting to replenish the Fund.

"Together, we are writing one of the major success stories of the 21st century," he said.

Later on Tuesday, the secretary-general, joined by the executive director of the Fund, Michel Kazatchkine, and the vice- chair of the replenishment conference, Richard Manning, will announce the results of the two-day meeting, at which donors committed resources for the next three years.

"The money you pledge saves lives. It is that simple. Beyond that, it offers hope," Ban said. "Investing in the Global Fund -- and make no mistake, this is an investment -- has proven itself as a powerful engine for development."

The Global Fund was created in 2002 to scale up resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need.

To date, it has committed 19.3 billion U.S. dollars in 144 countries to support large-scale prevention, treatment and care programs against the three diseases.

Source: Xinhua


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