Canadians can be proud today! Trudeau steps up in fight against AIDS, TB, Malaria
Over the last six months, tens of thousands of Canadians spoke up. Their message was clear, Canadians care and want to do our fair share to end AIDS, TB, and Malaria!
World leaders are in New York this week and the Prime Minister showed real leadership and ambition. Canada will invest $1.21 billion in the fight against these diseases.
Bono, lead singer of U2 and Co-Founder of The ONE Campaign and (RED):
“This is the moment to show the world what freedom and democracy can do. This is the moment to show the world Canada’s values. Value for money is one of them, 20 million lives is what we’re hoping to save over the next three years. Canada’s leadership has been unwavering and particularly that of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, who I remember rolling up his sleeves and working the phones at the Global Fund Replenishment in 2016. When the history books are written about how the scourge of AIDs was finally finished off, Canada will have a chapter of its own.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, another disease demanded our attention and resources – and AIDS, TB, and Malaria regained momentum, infections and deaths rose for the first time in years. Prime Minister Trudeau’s leadership means Canada is pushing them back so that we can finish the fight to end AIDS, TB, and Malaria by 2030.
It also means that Canada is stepping up to set an example to the rest of the world at the 7th Replenishment Conference. Canada is in lock step with the US, Germany, Japan, Spain and others.
Elise Legault, Canada Director for the ONE Campaign:
“We are thrilled with this announcement; this is a concrete display of leadership from Prime Minister Trudeau. Continuing a tradition of support for the Global Fund from all parties for the past 20 years, Canada is giving a much-needed boost to ending AIDS, TB and malaria.
“This is a fight we can win. The Global Fund is one of the most effective global health organizations in the world and has already helped save the lives of 50 million people. Canadians can be proud that with these new investments, we will help save another 20 million lives! These are preventable and treatable diseases. Where you live should not determine whether you live.”