August 22, 2019 – Toronto, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Canada is at the forefront of international efforts to improve the health of the poorest and most vulnerable, especially women, girls and adolescent girls. This is why Canada is joining forces with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to end these epidemics for good by increasing its contribution to the Fund.
Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced that Canada will pledge $930.4 million to the Global Fund for 2020 to 2022, an increase of close to 16% from 2016. Tackling these infectious disease epidemics is key to protecting global health and addressing the health needs of the most vulnerable, including women and girls, around the world. The Minister made this announcement while participating in an armchair discussion with prominent Canadian and international academic and civil-society representatives. This announcement is made ahead of the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference, which will be held in France in the fall.
This pledge follows the Government of Canada’s historic commitment to increase global health funding to $1.4 billion annually on average by 2023. Canada’s approach to global health includes maternal, newborn and child health and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights and services.
The Global Fund supports activities in more than 100 countries, with 65% of its programs in sub-Saharan Africa, where the burden of disease is greatest. These programs have achieved remarkable results, with an estimated 27 million lives saved since 2002.
“Canada is committed to maintaining its leadership in supporting the vital work of multilateral platforms such as the Global Fund to address inequalities that prevent the most vulnerable, especially women and girls, from living healthy and productive lives.”
– Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality
- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria provides funding to support programs—run by local experts in countries and communities most in need—that focus on prevention, treatment, care and the strengthening of health systems. These programs also work to end the gender inequalities that are major drivers of the spread of these three diseases.
- Replenishment conferences held every three years are the Global Fund’s main mechanism to secure funding. The next replenishment conference will be held in France in October 2019.
- In 2016, Canada hosted the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Conference in Montréal, Quebec. Under Canada’s leadership, more than US$12 billion was raised to help end the epidemics.
- In 2017, 17.5 million people received antiretroviral therapy for HIV, 5 million people with tuberculosis received treatment, and 108 million cases of malaria were treated.