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Canada commits $930M to Global Fund fight against AIDS and other diseases

Canada commits $930M to Global Fund fight against AIDS and other diseases
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International Development Minister Maryam Monsef says Canada is contributing $930 million to the Global Fund over three years, a nearly 16-per-cent increase to its current support for the international organization aimed at reducing the spread and devastating impact of the three infectious diseases.

The announcement follows a commitment the Liberals made at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver in June to annually contribute $1.4 billion until 2030 to fund global health and nutrition, including sexual and reproductive rights and health.

The increase in spending, for 2020 to 2022, continues a tradition of adding to the Global Fund s replenishment drive every three years, which also happened under the Conservative government of former prime minister Stephen Harper.

Canada s total contribution to the fund is now more than $3.9 billion.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the previous pledge of $804 million at a star-studded international conference in Montreal in 2016, which included U2 singer Bono, who founded the One Campaign, an anti-poverty advocacy group.
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