November 29, 2013

International Development Critic Hélène Laverdière urges government to commit to increase support, in time for Monday’s conference

OTTAWA – The world is at a tipping point in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria and NDP MP Hélène Laverdière is urging the Conservative government to increase its commitment to the Global Fund at Monday’s Fourth Replenishment Conference in Washington, D.C.

“For months we have encouraged Canada to announce an increased commitment in advance of the replenishment conference, like our allies in the United States, United Kingdom and Nordic countries have done,” said Laverdière, the NDP critic for International Development.

“We hope that Minister Paradis will finally follow the lead of the international community and make a significant increase in Canada’s commitment to the Global Fund. This is a crucial time and Canada should play a leadership role in the global fight to eradicate AIDS, TB and Malaria.”

For the 2014- 2016 period, the Global Fund has asked donors to increase their commitments to $15 billion – a crucial number that will fill the gap in order to get coverage rates in target countries of more than 80% for prevention, care, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. Eighty per cent coverage represents a tipping point in the fight against these diseases.

New Democrats have asked the government to increase its commitment to the Fund to $750 million over three years – 5% of the total ask