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Macron says global fund seeks $14 billion to fight AIDS, TB, malaria

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International donors gathered in France are set to pledge $14 billion on Thursday to combating the diseases, said French President Emmanuel Macron, announcing a 15% increase in his countrys contribution to a global fund.

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Heads of states, CEOs and global health leaders gathered Thursday in France to try to raise at least $14 billion to finance the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria over the next three years.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who was hosting the conference in the city of Lyon, wants the event to raise more than the $12.2 billion brought in at the last conference in 2016.

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A dozen heads of state and government, mostly from African countries, were attending the two-day conference of the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Macron urged leaders to accelerate the donations in his opening speech.

“If we meet our commitments in the next three years, 16 million lives can be saved”, he said. “We must reach $14 million in the next three hours.”

He said France raised its pledge by 15% to 1.24 billion euros ($1.37 billion).

The US Congress has approved a commitment to give a total of $4.68 billion over three years. The US and France are the biggest donors.

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