Global Fund boss upbeat about funding future

Monday, October 28, 2013

“We’ve seen some remarkable contributions and we’re in a tough financial situation globally, but the United Kingdom recently announced a-billion pound commitment, which 1.65 billion dollars currently, depending on the exchange rate. The US Government, President Obama with support of both Republicans and Democrats, have endorsed 1.65 billion dollars for one year in 2014. France has renewed its strong commitment to remain the second largest contributor. Sweden and Norway increased their contributions by 25 per cent. So we’re seeing significant increases in financially difficult times.
And the reason is we’re in a unique moment in history, we actually have the scientific knowledge and the on the ground experience from the investments of the ten years to actually see how we can completely control HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, to end them as public health threats. That’s quite an opportunity. We’ve never in the history of the world had that opportunity. This can be the generation that actually ends two plagues that have been around since recorded medical history, TB and malaria and HIV, the modern day Black Plague.”
Dr Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Source: ABC Radio Australia (link opens in a new window)

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