International donors pledge $14bn to fight AIDS, TB, malaria

International donors gathered in France are set to pledge $14bn on Thursday to combating the diseases, French President Emmanuel Macron said, announcing a 15% increase in his country’s contribution to a global fund.

Heads of states, mostly from Africa, CEOs and global health leaders are gathered in the French city of Lyon to raise money for the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years. Macron, who hosts the two- day conference, wants the event to raise a larger amount than the $12.2bn brought in at the last conference in 2016.

The donations from governments, philanthropic donors and the private sector will be used to finance health programs in more than 100 countries.

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