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Canada pledges $785M to fight AIDS, TB and malaria: Trudeau

Trudeau says pledge represents a 20-per-cent increase from Canada's last pledge to the Global Fund

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will donate $785 million over the 2017-19 period to an international fund aimed at fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Trudeau says that represents a 20-per-cent increase from Canada’s last pledge to the Global Fund, which was established in 2002 and raises an estimated $4 billion US every year.

Trudeau also says Canada will host the fund’s fifth fundraising conference in Montreal in September.

He says the Global Fund, the world’s main funding body in the fight to prevent and treat HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, saves lives every day.

Trudeau is also promoting the Global Fund’s social media campaign, known as End It For Good, to raise awareness about the three diseases.