MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018

Canada vows continued support to fight disease

Julian Fantino, Canada's Minister of International Cooperation, announced on Monday Canada's continuing support to fight tuberculosis, HIV and malaria.

Fantino met with Mark Dybul, the new executive director for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, on Monday and gave the announcement.

"Canada plays a leadership role on the world stage in the fight against deadly diseases such as malaria, and this will continue," Fantino said. "By supporting the Global Fund, we are helping to save the lives of mothers, newborns, and young children who are particularly vulnerable to tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS."

Canada has supported the Global Fund since the organization was created. The organization was founded to increase the resources to fight these deadly diseases. It does this by investing in large-scale prevention, treatment and care programs.

"Canada has been a great supporter of the Global Fund since its inception in 2002," Dybul said. "The Global Fund and CIDA also work in close collaboration in many African countries and have achieved remarkable results in the fight against the three diseases. Working together, we can defeat these pandemics."

Fantino said that Canada will give an additional $20 million to the organization, which brings Canada's total support to $40 million.