Rwanda contributes $2.5m to Global Fund

Grant Boone
October 11, 2019

The pledge was made by the Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba, who was representing President Paul Kagame, at the Global Fund's Sixth Replenishment conference which ended yesterday in Lyon, France.

"I am talking about these countries which, if I've understood it right, have resources", Macron said to laughter and applause in the Lyon conference hall, suggesting each could offer 100 million to 150 million dollars.

Governments, businesses and philanthropists gathered in France pledged just over $14 billion on Thursday to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, exceeding the targeted amount, its chief executive Peter Sands announced.

Global donors pledged around $14 billion to fight AIDS on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron told a donors' conference in city of Lyon.

"Since 2002, the Global Fund has approved almost US$1,7 billion to Zimbabwe, of which over US$1,3 has been disbursed", said President Mnangagwa said.

The French leader urged leaders to accelerate the donations in his opening speech.

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Most of that $14 billion is destined for the African continent, where millions of people have died from these epidemics.

The U.S. Congress has approved a commitment to give a total of $4.68 billion over three years.

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

"AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria: there are lives behind these words, young people who aspire to live a normal life, to fall in love with whoever they want, to have a job, to study". Major recipients of the fund are Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Briefly, it could help get the world back on track to end HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria as set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target.

He highlighted that, 32 million lives have been saved and there has been a 50 percent decline in the number of deaths from HIV and the number of survivors has increased as compared to the facts 20 years ago.

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