The Global Fund is urging people around the world to sign an open letter to seven-year-olds pledging to end AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria as epidemics by 2030, the year these children will become adults.
The Global Fund says now is “a decisive moment" in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria. France will host the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference in Lyon on 10th October, where world leaders, philanthropists and companies will gather to make pledges to the Global Fund. The organisation is seeking to raise over €12 billion for the next three years to help save 16 million lives; cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half; and build stronger health systems by 2023.
“When global leaders signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals, they made a promise to end the epidemics of AIDS, TB and malaria by 2030. We are determined to make this a reality. By stepping up the fight, we can free the next generation from these terrible diseases,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund.
The pledge has already been signed by a host of healthcare professionals and organisations including the World Health Organization’s Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.