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A Strong Global Fund-PEPFAR Partnership Is Essential in the Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Health Affairs Article by Friends’ Board Member Natasha Bilimoria Highlights the Successes of the Global Fund and PEPFAR in Tanzania
Washington, D.C., July 10, 2012 — In nearly a decade of working together, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have become critical partners in the global HIV/AIDS response. A new article in the July 2012 issue of Health Affairs, authored by Natasha Bilimoria, Board member of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, examines how the Global Fund and PEPFAR work together to improve millions of lives each year.
The commentary, titled “Lessons Learned from a Decade of Partnership Between PEPFAR and the Global Fund: A Case Study from Tanzania,” explores the successes and challenges of collaboration between these two partners — and concludes that PEPFAR reauthorization offers an important opportunity to ensure the partnership is supported and strengthened going forward.
“Because of U.S. leadership and support, the Global Fund and PEPFAR are the two leading supporters of HIV/AIDS programs worldwide,” said Ms. Bilimoria. “Over the past decade we’ve learned many important lessons, but a key outcome is that both types of aid — PEPFAR’s bilateral model and the Global Fund’s multilateral model — are necessary to win the battle against HIV/AIDS. Together, they create a force that is greater than the sum of its parts.”
This collaboration has increased the number of people receiving antiretroviral drugs in developing nations from near zero in 2003 to 5.6 million people as of December 2011. By focusing on Global Fund– PEPFAR collaboration in Tanzania, Ms. Bilimoria’s article highlights specific projects that can be used as models in other countries. In Tanzania, the two work successfully together to build capacity, strengthen supply chains and, in some cases, provide much-needed treatment and care.
“As a doctor working in a remote hospital in Tanzania at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, I saw firsthand the devastation that this disease can cause whole communities,” said Dr. Christoph Benn, Director of Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations for the Global Fund. “Thanks to the Global Fund–PEPFAR partnership, treatment centers throughout Tanzania ensure that people who need medication can get it. Support for both programs is more vital now than ever, and with the Global Fund and PEPFAR working hand-in-hand, an AIDS-free generation is within our reach.”
For a link to the full article, visit www.TheGlobalFight.org/HealthAffairs.
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