International donors pledge $14 bln to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis at Lyon summit
11 October 2019 | 11:10 am
International donors pledged $14 billion to fight diseases including AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis on Thursday at a Global Fund summit in the French city of Lyon.
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