Countries Get Together to Highlight Progress Made against 3 Diseases
The Global Fund's Fourth Replenishment Conference took place this week in Washington. The conference saw health officials, word leaders and donors from different countries across the globe.
The main aim of the meeting was to increase financial support as well as to present the exact picture of progress made in fighting three diseases: HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.
Some of the important conclusions of the conference are fund officials are aiming to raise up to $15 billion for next three years from 2014 to 2016.
The United States has pledged to provide up to five billion for the cause. President Barack Obama affirmed that the US will donate $1 for every $2 collectively donated by donors. France is no less as it has confirmed to fulfill its commitment of US$1.4 billion for the next three year funding cycle.
The United Kingdom will donate $1.6 billion, Japan will be donating $800 million and Canada $612 million. Members of the Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were also present at the event and they have promised to provide up to $500 million. US Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed that success has been achieved, but much more has to be done.
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