UNITED NATIONS – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will contribute $1.21 billion to an international effort to stop the spread of infectious but treatable diseases.
Trudeau made the announcement in New York at a pledging conference for the project, known as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Canada, a founding supporter of the Global Fund, has already pledged $4 billion since its creation in 2002 by former banking executive Peter Sands.
The announcement includes an additional $100 million for the fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism, which aims to help developing countries mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
The government says the new amount represents a 30 per cent increase over Canada’s last contribution and is the country’s largest multilateral health investment.
International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan said the fund had saved 50 million lives over the past 20 years.
“We are committed to leaving no one behind,” Sajjan said in a statement.
“This is a global fight, and only together can we maximize the effectiveness of our collective investments.”
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 21, 2022.