Donors assess Global Fund needs ahead of New York conference

New York- US (PANA) -- Donors to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria gathered in the Netherlands on Wednesday for a two-day meeting to assess funding needs for the 2011-2013 period, ahead of a pledging conference at UN the headquarters in New York in October.
In a message to the gathering at the Hague, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sta ted that, ``since its creation, eight years ago, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, T uberculosis and Malaria has been extraordinarily effective.
" Ban also said that, ``it has saved an estimated five million lives, and establis hed itself as a world leader in strengthening health systems''.
He noted, however, that the three diseases were still responsible for more than half of the deaths of women of child-bearing age in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Pan African News Agency (PANA) learnt that the secretary-general will chair the two-day pledging conference in New York, which is scheduled to start on 4 Oc t ober.
Meanwhile, Global Fund Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine told delegates the fund's success had made it possible to contemplate a world without malaria-relat e d deaths and a world without babies born with AIDS by 2015.
``The financing allocated in 2010 will determine whether we can finally reach th at promise.
We must not let that hope turn into despair," Kazatchkine added.
The preparatory meeting at The Hague is being attended by delegates from 27 coun tries, the UN Foundation, private sector representatives, the Bill and Melinda G a tes Foundation and UNITAID, an international health financing agency.

25 march 2010 16:04:00




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