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CTAC WELCOMES GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS, TB AND MALARIA

Open Letter to The Honourable Beverley J. Oda Minister of International Cooperation

TORONTO, December 9, 2011 - The Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) offers its thanks and welcomes the Government of Canada's making good on its increased pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. On December 8, 2011 the Honourable Beverley Oda announced the government's disbursement of its annual commitment to the Global Fund, representing a 20% increase over previous contributions.

Canada's demonstration of leadership in the international community could not be timelier in the life of the Global Fund. Globally, we have seen drastic budgetary cuts from other governments to vital programs and services that save lives," said Alex McClelland, Chair, Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC). Most recently, the Global Fund cancelled Round 11 funding as many other country donors decreased or failed to honour pledges. "Now more than ever, Canada should further demonstrate its leadership by pushing for an emergency meeting of donors to address the looming budgetary shortfalls".

CTAC is a national non-governmental organization run by and for people living with HIV/AIDS, including those who are co-infected. CTAC promotes informed public policy and builds awareness on issues that impede access to treatment and health care for people living with HIV/AIDS domestically and in cooperation with international efforts. We look forward to additional areas of cooperation with the Canadian government to further the participation in global efforts to bring an end to HIV/AIDS and to make progress implementing domestic efforts through the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada.

We urge the Government to seize this opportunity in the global fight to stem the tide of AIDS, TB and Malaria by calling upon the international community to show strong political will and increased dollars to the important work of the Global Fund.

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Link to Minister Oda's official statement (Dec 8, 2011): http://bit.ly/ufonPA


For more information please contact: Akim Adé Larcher, +1 416-268-1622,  akim@ctac.ca


ABOUT CTAC
The Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) works to secure and ensure access to therapies, treatments and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, including those who are co-infected, by working with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. For more information on CTAC's mandate, mission and work please visit www.ctac.ca .


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