Canada urged to do more to fight certain diseases | AIDS: on the trail of a pandemic

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Canada invited to do more to fight certain diseases | AIDS: in the footsteps of a pandemic

Montreal will host the International AIDS Conference from July 29 to August 2.

Groups hope Canada will use an upcoming international AIDS conference in Montreal to make a stronger commitment to funding a global organization that fights this disease as well as tuberculosis and malaria.

Élise Legault, Canadian director of ONE Campaign, says her organization wants Canada to provide $1.2 billion in funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during the upcoming conference. ;opens July 29.

With this investment, Canada, like other countries, would help save 20 million people over the next few years. years. The possibility that Prime Minister [Trudeau] does not take advantage of this opportunity worries us, she said.

Ms. Legault claims that the Global Fund, which funds ministries of health and nongovernmental organizations that fight these three diseases, has helped save an estimated 44 million lives over the past 20 years.

Canada is one of the Fund's major benefactors. He's given her over $4 billion since 2002.

Chris Dendys, executive director of the Results Canada group, says his group is also pushing for a $1.2 billion federal contribution. This is the amount the Global Fund says it needs – the bare minimum.

We are hearing that our request has caused a shock, which is unfortunate given the x27;an opportunity for Canada to make an impact and assert itself on the world stage while the rest of the planet watches, says Ms. Dendys.

The Global Fund is asking state donors for $18 billion in funding over the next three years, an increase of about 30% from the aid requested three years ago. The organization says it needs more money to make up for hard-earned gains [that] have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

La pandemic has disrupted health care services, including those fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, Legault says.

“When the pandemic hit, we let these killer diseases take over.

—Élise Legault, Canadian Director of ONE Campaign

Deaths from tuberculosis and malaria have increased for the first time in several years. If this trend is not stemmed, it would be the worst legacy of COVID. We are really concerned about this setback, she adds.

According to her, the $1.2 billion sought from the Canadian government is a fair share of the Global Fund's $18 billion target. This amount represents a 30% increase from the previous Canadian contribution of $930.4 million in 2019.

Ms. Denys recalls that Mr. Trudeau often played the role of head of queue to encourage other nations to contribute to the Global Fund. Other countries are waiting to see what Canada will do.

This is not just about Canada's engagement. The stakes are really high. You have to convince other donors to contribute and to do so at a level that will make a difference. If we don't reach the target, we are digging a hole for other donors to fall into.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister redirected questions to this subject to the office of the Minister for International Development, Harjit Sajjan, who said he could not answer it before the next week.

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