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India donates $22 mn to Global Disease Fund

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Dr. Harsh Vardhan cycling to the venue of the WHO Session in New Delhi

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NEW DELHI : India has announced a contribution of $22 million to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria for 2020-22, an increase of 10% over the past contribution.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, said: “India stands firm to its long-standing partnership with the Global Fund and its commitment to eliminate AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.”

He stated, “India’s pledge for the Fund strongly demonstrates its strong political leadership under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to achieve universal health for all and its equally strong commitment to work across borders to join hands in fighting the epidemics of these three diseases”.

Global Fund with investment of US $2.0 billion so far has made significant contribution in attaining targets related to HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria reduction and escalating the fight against these three ailments. As a donor, India has contributed US$ 46.5 million so far.

The health minister highlighted that India was the first implementing country to host a replenishment milestone of the Global Fund and now has become first among G20, BRICS and implementer countries to announce the pledge for the 6th Replenishment Conference, setting a precedent for other donors to contribute generously.

Dr Vardhan said, “We are adequately financing our efforts to accomplish our goals of TB, HIV and Malaria elimination and with our increased pledge, India has inched a step closer in this direction by stepping up the Global Fund efforts to make stronger health systems and save 16 million more lives across the globe.”


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