By Sola Ogundipe

AS the Global Fund donors pledged nearly $13 billion for the next three years to help end epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria for good, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates has urged the world to be committed to removing human rights barriers to health so that the most vulnerable people can access the health services they need.
Speaking on the outcome of the 5th Global Fund Replenishment Conference for 2017-2019, held in Montreal, Canada, Gates called for an end to epidemics.
“Given the many challenges governments face today I’m inspired by the generosity of partners at this replenishment. It is a great outcome,” he said.
The commitments made today by long-standing and new donors will save millions of lives and give the most vulnerable – especially women and girls – an opportunity to live up to their full potential. Since 2002, the Global Fund has consistently proven that it is one of the most impactful investments a donor can make in global health.

By continually innovating to make health products more affordable and accessible, and identifying new approaches for prevention and treatment, the Global Fund has delivered incredible results – in lives saved and money spent.
This is why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is proud to join other global leaders in increasing our support for the Global Fund by pledging up to $600 million USD for the 2017-2019 budget cycle.
This includes $100 million in matching funds with the UK’s private sector malaria matching challenge and up to $100 million to unlock other private sector contributions, $50 million USD of which will go to (RED).
I believe the Global Fund will go down in history as one of humanity’s greatest achievements. By improving the health and well-being of the most vulnerable, the Global Fund is making the world a better, safer, and more equitable place for all.”

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