Kenya Leads the Way in Africa with a Pledge of $5 million to the Global Fund

The Global Fund - "Kenya has pledged US$5 million to the Global Fund's Fifth Replenishment to be held in Montréal, Canada, on 16-17 September 2016.

Speaking at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Nairobi today, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the country's contribution of US$5 million, saying that a time had come for all global health partners to work together to fight diseases and to accelerate the attainment of universal health coverage in Africa.

(...) In the last two financial years, the Kenyan government has also allocated US$54 million as part of its domestic financial contribution in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and building of health systems in the country. That investment is expected to contribute significantly toward Kenya's health goals, save many lives and create opportunity and prosperity for many more people in the country. In partnership with the Government of Kenya, programs supported by the Global Fund have provided 440,000 people with antiretroviral therapy for HIV, treated 212,000 people for tuberculosis, and distributed 14.7 million insecticide-treated nets to protect families from malaria.

(...) The Global Fund set a target for raising US$13 billion for its next three-year cycle of funding, which is expected to save 8 million lives and avert 300 million new infections, and will lay the groundwork for potential economic gains of up to US$290 billion in the years ahead. Strong investment in global health can significantly bolster international stability and security, while creating greater opportunity, prosperity, and well-being. (...) Global Fund-supported programs have saved 20 million lives in more than 100 countries where the burden of disease is greatest."

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