Praise for Luxembourg's support to help fight HIV/AIDS
(CS/CBu) The Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has praised Luxembourg's efforts to help the fight against AIDS and other infectious diseases.
Mark Dybul was in Luxembourg on Tuesday, meeting with MPs, as well as Cooperation Minister Marc Spautz and Health Minister Mars Di Bartolomeo. In a speech following these meetings, Dybul thanked the government and Luxembourg's people for their years of support.
Since the foundation of the Global Fund in 2002, Luxembourg has supported the organisation with around 2.5 million euros per year. Per capita, this makes the Grand Duchy the fourth biggest donor worldwide.
In total, the Global Fund has been able to raise around 22 billion euros over the past decade.
However, Dybul said that it was not only Luxembourg's financial support, but also a shared “political vision” that makes the Grand Duchy's support so important. The Global Fund director said that it is not only important to save lives on site, but also to tackle the wider global implications of disease prevention.
Dybul pointed out the successes in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and malaria, pointing out that healthy countries are also more productive and better able to compete on the world stage.
Despite the progress made, basic problems, such as access to medication and specialised medical treatment, remained, Dybul added.
At a joint press conference, Spautz and Di Bartolomeo reiterated Luxembourg's support for the Global Fund, promising continued support for the organisation.