16 September 2016
Global Fund Announcement a Positive Step to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Campaign for Australian Aid has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it would contribute A$220 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a 10% increase on the previous contribution.
“This announcement is good news for people living in some of the poorest parts of the world, and an important contribution from the people of Australia towards ridding the world of these terrible epidemics,” said the Director of the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.
“While we welcome today’s announcement, a contribution of A$220 million is a B+ announcement. We must do better in order to end what are the worst epidemics of our lifetime.”
The announcement was made today by Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s replenishment meeting held in Montreal.
“Last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Australia’s support for a malaria free Asia-Pacific by 2030. While the announcement of A$220 million in funding is an encouraging sign, we must do more to make the Government’s target a reality.
“A$300 million would be Australia’s fair share; it’s the level of funding required to rid the world of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Australia’s aid budget is currently at its lowest level ever and it must be a priority to increase it so that we can properly fund our contribution towards the Global Fund and other global priorities,” said Mr Milne.
If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133.
About Campaign for Australian Aid
The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Australia coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.