EU earmarks US$ 500m to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria 2014-2016

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will donate US$ 500 million to the World Fund Against AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis during the period 2014 to 2016 to fight the three diseases, PANA learnt here Wednesday from official EU sources.

Created in 2001 to enhance the struggle against the three diseases that affect mostly poor people, the Fund, of which the EU is a founding-member, obtained US$ 443 million from the EU during the period 2011 to 2013.

The sources said the money would help mainly to reduce the amount paid for the drugs and improve transportation of the products to the poor countries.

According to the sources, the money given through the Fund has enabled the 140 country beneficiaries to detect and treat more than 6.1 million HIV patients, treat 11.2 million new cases of tuberculosis and offer more than 360 million mosquito nets to families to prevent the spread  of malaria.

Malaria affected people in 106 countries in the world in 2010, causing 91 per cent of deaths in Africa, 86 per cent of them children less than five years old.

In 2011, 1.4 million people died from tuberculosis with the highest number in Africa.
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04 décembre 2013 19:02:29

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