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Global Fund’s Largest Replenishment Ever

 And the US is pledging $1 for every $2 raised by other countries between now and September 2014. “Donors at the launch of the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment today pledged US$12.0 billion for the next three years, the largest amount ever committed to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The pledges represent a 30 percent increase over the US$9.2 billion in firm pledges secured in 2010 for the 2011-2013 period. In remarks made at a pledging session here today, several partners echoed the Global Fund leadership’s determination to attract further commitments during the coming three years in order to defeat the diseases.” (Global Fund http://bit.ly/1eMUfMl)

250,000 Syrians Trapped in Besieged Cities

The top UN humanitarian official briefed the Security Council on Tuesday. “Reporting ‘modest progress’ with the Syrian Government on speeding up visa issuance and increasing the number of relief distribution hubs, a top United Nations official said today that with perhaps 250,000 Syrians cut off from aid in besieged communities across the war-torn country, greater efforts are needed to ensure real gains on the humanitarian front.” (UN News http://bit.ly/1eMUSW2)

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