G7 Summit: EU announced record €550 million contribution to save 16 million lives from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

During the G7 summit in Biarritz, which is dedicated to the fight against inequalities this year, the EU announced a €550 million pledge to The Global Fund, to contribute to the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria around the world. The Fund is an international partnership and its work has already saved 27 million lives since it was created in 2002. European Commission President Juncker said on this occasion: “The EU has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund since its creation, when the AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis epidemics seemed to be unbeatable. And today we are announcing a record contribution of a further €550 million. We hope the international community will follow suit and step up the fight to fulfil the Fund’s target of ending these diseases’ epidemics by 2030.” European Council President Tusk, who represented the EU at this year’s G7, made the announcement in Biarritz, ahead of the Global Fund donors’ conference that will take place in October in Lyon. The Global Fund seeks to raise at least €12.6 billion (US$14 billion) for the period 2020-2022.