Donors gather in France to fund fight on AIDS, TB, Malaria

France calls for funds to 'intensify' Global Fund fight against AIDS

France calls for funds to 'intensify' Global Fund fight against AIDS

"I am happy to tell you that yes, we have managed to raise 14 billion", Macron told the event, at which donors also pledged money to tackle tuberculosis and malaria.

A dozen heads of state and government, mostly from African countries, were attending the two-day conference of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

US Microsoft founder, Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, left, and Irish rock band U2 singer Bono arrive at the City Hall of Lyon, central France, Wednesday Oct.9 2019, ahead of the two-day conference of Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

"We are united here to send a strong signal, a collective signal", Buzyn continued.

The UN's World Health Organization says 770,000 people died of HIV-related causes past year. Tuberculosis, a high risk for HIV-positive people, claimed some 1.7 million lives in 2017, and malaria more than 430,000.

But officials said collecting such a large sum could prove challenging, especially as global attention moves from AIDS towards fighting climate change.

The new partnerships are framed to innovate solutions that improve access to medicines, products and health services, particularly for those in hard to reach areas and those that need them most.

Some countries have announced their contribution.

The US Congress has approved a commitment to give a total of 4.7 billion dollars (£3.8 billion) over three years, while Britain has pledged £1.4 billion. The U.S. and France are the biggest donors.

At the conference United Kingdom worldwide development secretary Alok Sharma announced an additional £200 million in joint funding from the government and private sector organisations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and restaurant chain Nando's.

In a statement seen by Euronews, several associations and NGOs including Aides and Oxfam, called on France to raise their donation "by at least 25%".

"We are here to remember that behind this financial bargaining there are human lives", said AIDES president Aurelien Beaucamp.

Macron will meet leaders including Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou and Cameroon President Paul Biya, while Rwandan President Paul Kagame is also set to be in attendance.

The Fund says $14 billion would help save 16 million lives and avert 234 million new infections.

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