Childhood life in the village of “Da La Bann” could be hard with a lack of basic infrastructure but also fun. “I love going to school walking together with my friends every day. It is fun. I love riding the boat as well as riding the small truck,” said Aye Aye referring to using different kinds of transport ways to go to school depending on the season. Aye Aye’s dad is the one who used to handle the boat with motor for the children to go to school. “After we walk to the river bank, we all clean our feet to go on the boat. Sometimes when we reach school, our clothes are a little bit splashed with mud,” said Aye Aye with a big smile.

Global Fund Announcement a Positive Step to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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.

This campaign is backed by Australia's aid & development groups

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