Germany makes EUR 1 billion contribution to the Global Fund

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The Global Fund's new Executive Director Mark Dybul (left), Bill Gates and Dirk Niebel (right), the Minister of Economic Cooperation of Germany

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is to receive a contribution of EUR 1 billion from Germany which will enable health workers to continue efforts to prevent and treat the three highly infectious diseases.

The announcement was made by Dirk Niebel, Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development at a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

He said "We need to continue to devote hard work and determined efforts to halting the spread of HIV, malaria and other infectious diseases," adding, "We are close to turning the tide and I think we are witnessing the beginning of the end of AIDS. ”

And the new Executive Director of the Global Fund Mark Dybul describes the German commitment as a "milestone", adding "It means health workers and the people they serve in countries like Ethiopia, Myanmar and Haiti can make a huge difference".

He said "We can defeat AIDS, TB and malaria," but "We need funding to get it done. We are at a critical moment for funding, and we need a big push this year."

The event was attended by Bill Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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