Address by Minister Paradis: Media event to highlight Canada’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

December 2, 2013

Hello, everyone.

And thanks for joining me this morning.

Let me begin by introducing Ms. Amy Bartlett, Executive Director from Results Canada.

Results Canada is a national network of volunteers stretching from coast to coast to coast, that is committed to ending poverty and needless suffering around the world.

An ambitious goal, and one that is shared by our Government.

Thanks to the commitment of Prime Minister Harper, Canada is recognized as a leader in improving the health of women and children living in poverty.

Through the $2.85-billion Muskoka Initiative announced by the Prime Minister in June 2010, Canada made a firm commitment to improve the lives of millions around the world.

And the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a key component of reaching that goal.

The Global Fund is a new and innovative approach to international health financing.

It is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, that aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve the health of mothers and children in the world's poorest countries by focussing on three key paths:

  • strengthening health systems,
  • improving nutrition, and
  • preventing and treating the leading illnesses and diseases that kill women and children.

It is accountable for the tax dollars it is entrusted.

And it is making a real difference.

With Canada’s help, the Global Fund is saving more than 100,000 lives every month.

An impressive feat.

One of which we can all be proud.

But, even with these remarkable results, more is needed.

Too many people continue to die from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

With millions of lives at stake we must continue do all that we can to turn the tide.

Canada’s work in maternal and child health has taught us that we need to foster the right partnerships.

We must be innovative in both our policies and programs if we are going to bring about the change the world deserves.

We can do this by:

  • pursuing innovative solutions to bring affordable medicines to the doorsteps of vulnerable populations.
  • actively engaging the private sector.
  • investing for maximum impact.
  • And ensuring our investments contribute to a sustainable future.

We have the vision.

We have the momentum.

And Canada is seizing the opportunity to act.

This morning I am pleased to re-affirm Canada's new commitment to the Global Fund of $650 million over the next three years, which represents a 20-percent increase over our commitment made in 2010.

The goal is to reduce the prevalence of these three diseases to a point where they are no longer public health threats in developing countries.

Canada is safeguarding the substantial achievements already made and helping find new and innovative ways to prevent, care and treat these diseases.

Our government is proud to stand with the Global Fund, and have made our pledge in the hope that future generations will not have to face the devastation caused by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Canada will continue to set ambitious goals.

And with the help of partners such as the Global Fund we will continue to achieve them.

I will now invite Ms. Bartlett to say a few words before I take your questions.