US$14 billion pledged to fight AIDS, TB, malaria epidemics

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Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube extolled the President Mnangagwa's commitment towards the Global Fund. Posting on his twitter handle Prof Ncube said: "His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa giving his speech at the Global Fund replenishment event in Lyon, France".

Hosting the conference in Lyon, Mr Macron said 13.92 billion USA dollars (£11.3 billion) had been promised for the work - and he vowed to keep pushing for more.

Kenya will contribute $6 million (Sh623 million) to programmes to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria as other worldwide donors made pledges for the next three years to help fight the epidemics.

It also explained that it could also reduce the death toll across the three diseases to 1.3 million in 2023, down from 2.5 million in 2017 and from 4.1 million in 2005 as well as avert 234 million new infections or cases.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday asked worldwide donors gathered in Lyon, east France, to join an initiative to raise 14 billion USA dollars for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years.

"The objective to eradicate AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030 is achievable if we assume our responsibilities", said the French president. To give a boost to this year 's target, France increased its pledge to $ 1.

Our guests tonight included Zolelwa Sifumba, one of the faces of the Global Fund's Initiative.

"What we want to do is to make AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria disappear from the face of the Earth", he added to applause.

"If we meet our commitments in the next three years, 16 million lives can be saved", he said.

The donations from governments, philanthropic donors and the private sector will finance health programs in more than 100 countries, the fund said.

Major recipients of the fund will be Nigeria, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The Global Fund, which was created in 2002 is a partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics in low- and middle-income countries.

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