$12.9 Billion Pledged to End AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis

James Radke, PhD

This weekend, The Global Fund hosted its 5th donor conference and announced a staggering $12.9 billion has been raised to eradicate AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis by 2030.
The donor conference being held in Montreal, Canada was hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and included numerous heads of state as well as Bono and Bill Gates, 2 men heavily involved in ending diseases in third world countries.
Donations mostly came from governments. Top pledges to cover the next 3 years were:  
In addition, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $600 million and pledges from private donors and innovative financing initiatives were $250 million.

It is estimated that these funds will save 8 million lives, avert 300 million infections, and help build resilient and sustainable systems for health. During his speech, Bill Gates said, “The commitments we’re making here in Montreal are an opportunity to show that even in challenging times, we still care and we’re willing to invest in the things that will make a more equitable, prosperous and secure world for people everywhere.”
During his keynote address, U2 front-man Bono praised the host country for leading the way to international health care. Bono said, “You’ve always been ahead of the curve in realizing we can do more if the international community works together and subsuming your ego into the grand plan.”

While AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis are very prevalent in developing countries, 2 of those diseases — malaria and tuberculosis — are considered rare diseases in North America.

What is Malaria

People get malaria after being bitten by an infective female Anophelesmosquito. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness but symptoms will quickly deteroriate and require hospitalization. If not properly treated, the infection can lead to kidney failure, seizures, mental confusion, coma, and death. While fairly common on tropical and sub-tropical areas, it is very rare in Europe and United States. About 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year and most of those involve people who have travelled to tropical areas.

What is Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. According to the CDC, 9.6 million people had TB in 2014 and it was associated with 1.6 million deaths. While common in other parts of the world, there were only 9400 cases reported in the United States in 2014.  

Images obtained from the The Global Fund gallery
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