LATEST: Globe-trotting President Emmerson Mnangagwa now in France

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived in Lyon, France, early Thursday morning to attend the 6th replenishment conference, seeking to raise US$14 billion to fight HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

The president who was accompanied by the acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Professor Amon Murwira and senior government officials was welcomed by Zimbabwe’s ambassador to France, Abigail Shonhiwa.

The President together with other heads of states, civil society, CEOs, global health leaders and people affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria from across the world are in Lyon, where French President Emmanuel Macron, is hosting the conference.

The conference seeks to raise at least US$14 billion to help save 16 million lives and support affected countries and populations, avert US$234 million infections and support the world to get back on track to end HIV, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

The aim is to gather more money than during the last funding conference in 2016 which gathered US$12.2 billion.

Every three years, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria holds a conference to replenish its financial resources and public and private sector donors announce their financial pledges.

This money will allow the Global Fund to support affected countries and populations with a view to saving 16 million lives, preventing 234 million new infections and continuing to finance innovations and improvements for health systems. This commitment is essential if we wish to eliminate these three pandemics by 2030.

— ZBC


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