Since it's discovery in the early 1980's HIV/AIDS has remained one of the world's most deadly and devastating diseases. In 2014 alone it resulted in 1.2 million deaths and has killed more than 39 million lives worldwide.
However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government are ready to put an end to it once and for all, having recently announced a pledge of a whopping $785 million to cure the diseases. The goal as stated in a news release sent out by the Prime Minister yesterday is to save 8 million lives and prevent 300 million new infections.
The Prime Minister announced alongside the funding that Canada will host the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Montréal, Quebec on September 16, 2016, stating, "This is an historic opportunity for Canada and the world. By fast-tracking investments and building global solidarity, we can bring an end to three devastating epidemics – AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria – that have tragic and far-reaching impacts on the world’s most vulnerable people.”
“Canada is demonstrating outstanding leadership in global health and development. Prime Minister Trudeau’s insight and his government’s commitment to global partnerships and cooperation will help save millions of lives and create opportunity and prosperity for countless more.”
- Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Check out Justin Trudeau's Instagram post showcasing Canada's upcoming role in fighting these diseases.
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