Canada is being urged to invest more to fight certain diseases

(Montreal) The groups hope Canada will use the upcoming international AIDS conference in Montreal to commit more to funding the global organization fighting the disease, tuberculosis and malaria.

Posted at 10:42 am

Yakov Serebrin
The Canadian Press

Elise Lego, Canadian director of the ONE Campaign, says her organization wants Canada to commit $1.2 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria when the conference opens on July 29.

“With this investment, Canada, like other countries, will help save 20 million lives over the next few years. The possibility that the prime minister [Trudeau] Not using this opportunity worries us,” she said.


PHOTO BY ROBERT SKINNER, LA PRESSE ARCHIVES

Justin Trudeau took part in the international conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria held in Montreal in September 2016.

Mme Lego says the Global Fund, which subsidizes health ministries and non-governmental organizations fighting the three diseases, has helped save about 44 million lives over the past 20 years.

Canada is one of the main benefactors of the Foundation. Since 2002, he has given her more than 4 billion.

Chris Dandis, executive director of the group Results Canada, says his group is “also pushing” for a federal contribution of $1.2 billion. “This is the amount that the Global Fund says it needs — the minimum amount.”

“We hear that our request has come as a shock, and that’s unfortunate given the opportunity for Canada to make an impact and assert itself on the world stage while the rest of the planet watches,” Ms.me Dendys.

The Global Fund is asking public donors for $18 billion over the next three years, about 30 percent more than the amount of aid requested three years ago. The organization says it needs more money to compensate for “hard-earned gains” [qui] were lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

According to the lady, the pandemic disrupted the work of health care services, in particular those fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.me Lego.

When the pandemic started, we let these deadly diseases take over. Mortality from tuberculosis and malaria increased for the first time in several years. If this trend is not stopped, it will be the worst legacy of COVID. We are truly concerned about this setback.

Elise Lego, Canadian Director of ONE Campaign

The $1.2 billion requested from the Canadian government is a “fair share” of the Global Fund’s $18 billion target, she said. This amount is 30% higher than Canada’s previous contribution of US$930.4 million in 2019.

Mme Denis reminds that Mr. Trudeau often played the role of a leader, encouraging other countries to contribute to the Global Fund. Other countries are waiting to see what Canada will do.

“It’s not just about Canada’s participation. The question is really important. Other donors need to be persuaded to contribute and to do so at a level that will make a difference. If we don’t reach our goal, we dig a hole for other donors to fall into. »

The prime minister’s press secretary referred questions on this matter to the office of International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan. Who said he couldn’t answer until next week.