— Julia Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, CanWaCH
Official Global Affairs Canada Press Release
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.