Africa: France to Increase Contribution to Fight TB, Aids, Malaria By 15%

France’s Emmanuel Macron has pledged a 15 percent increase of its contribution to the Global Fund along with an additional 15 percent of its total donation over the next three to five years.

He also called on other states and private sector actors to live up to their 15 percent contribution while stressing the need or the funds to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

The Global Fund was seeking contributions of a minimum of 14 billion USD. Today the amount and receipt of those donations will be confirmed with the final amount announced at 11:00 am GMT.

With France hosting this Global Fund Sixth Replenishment Investment Case in Lyon, President Macron kicked off the morning of donation pledges by asking 18 year-old Amanda from Burundi to tell her story to the heads of state and CEOs.

Before a packed room, Amanda described how she only found out that she was HIV positive at the age of 11. Three years ago she became more involved to help provide support to others like her.

“Because of our HIV status, we suffer from all forms of stigma and discrimination. Other people are afraid of us, we’re not allowed to do ceratin jobs, training sessions or getting certain schoalrships,” described a determined Amanda.

“We’re not just numbers or statistics. We exist. We are here. Who better than us here to tell you what decisions should be about us, because these decisions concern us,” she said

Argument made

After her presentation, Macron tspoke again, and argued that these diseases can be eradicating by 2030 as per the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.