Under the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) participated in the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to mobilise resources to eradicate diseases in Lyon, France.
QFFD announced a multi-year donation of $50mn to the Global Fund, which aims to eliminate diseases such as Aids, malaria, and tuberculosis by 2030.
In a statement Friday, QFFD said that Qatar’s contribution to this conference comes as a commitment to participate in global efforts to achieve health for all, eradicate incurable diseases and achieve the fourth Sustainable Development Goal on health.
French President Emmanuel Macron and several heads of donor and recipient countries, high-level delegations and health officials attended the conference.
Participant member-states have pledged to donate $14bn by 2020. Through these donations, the Global Fund will help treat 234mn cases and save 16mn lives through prevention, healthcare, immunisation and treatment, the statement said.
Qatar, through QFFD, has donated $10mn in the previous donor conference held in Montreal, Canada.
Qatar plays a major role in financing the global health sector through several initiatives and projects implemented by the QFFD in several countries.
The fund is also aware of the importance of its role in bringing positive change in the world, especially in developing countries, with special attention to the issue of refugees and internally displaced persons.