From 16-17 September, the Government of Canada will host the 5th replenishment conference to raise funds and support the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in ending these epidemics by 2030.
Canada is pledging $785 million to the Global Fund for 2016-2019 to help the Global Fund reach its goal of saving an additional 8 million lives and preventing an additional 300 million new infections by 2019. Part of this commitment will include promoting and protecting human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights because fear, discrimination, gender inequality, violence, stigma, harmful social norms and poverty are fuelling the AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria epidemics.
The conference provides an opportunity to look at what Canada is doing to end these epidemics, both internationally and at home. In Canada, in 2011, one quarter of positive HIV tests were attributed to young people between the ages of 15 and 29, with women overrepresented in the younger age group (15-19), accounting for 56.5% of the total positive HIV tests reported. Other sub-groups are also more vulnerable to HIV infection, particularly Indigenous youth.