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UK gov't pledges new support to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

UK gov't pledges new support to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com |Abubakar Ibrahim
Date: 02-07-2019 Time: 07:07:11:pm
A child receiving a malaria vaccine

The UK government has pledged further support to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to help save millions of lives around the world.

Since 2002, The Global Fund has helped save more than 27 million lives and reduced deaths from these three killer infectious diseases by more than a third in the countries which it invests in.

The UK’s new three-year funding pledge will help provide life-saving antiretroviral therapy to more than 3.3 million people with HIV; provide TB treatment and care for 2.3 million people.

It is also to provide 120,000 people with treatment for multidrug-resistant TB, distribute 92 million mosquito nets to protect children and families from malaria as well as to strengthen health systems and promote global health security.

International Development Secretary, Rory Stewart said, "We're deeply proud of our efforts with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, but far too many people still die from these diseases.

“We're going to continue to invest in controlling and ultimately ending these diseases, and we will be making sure other countries contribute generously. These diseases cross borders. Therefore, our support is something that helps the poorest people in the world, but is also something that keeps us safe here at home.”

British expertise is at the heart of global efforts to tackle AIDS, TB and malaria.

The new pledge will average £467 million a year. UK Secretary of State for International Development - Rory Stewart on Friday, 28 June visited ViiV Healthcare in Hertfordshire –a UK business at the heart of tackling one of these diseases.