Global Fund Announces 6.5 Million Lives Saved through Programs to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria

Global Fund Announces 6.5 Million Lives Saved through Programs to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Washington, D.C., December 1, 2010 — Today, which marks World AIDS Day, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced that 3 million people are receiving AIDS treatment thanks to Global Fund financing. With significant bipartisan support from the U.S. government, the number of people accessing antiretroviral drugs through Global Fund-supported programs over the past year has increased by 20%. In addition, more than 1 million HIV-positive pregnant women have been treated to prevent their babies from being born with HIV. These programs, in addition to the Global Fund’s malaria and tuberculosis projects, have helped to save 6.5 million lives across 145 countries since the Global Fund was founded in 2002.

The U.S. government was the first donor to the Global Fund, and it continues to be the largest, recently committing $4 billion to the Global Fund during the next three years. The Global Fund works in coordination with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It was also announced today that a total of 4.7 million people worldwide are receiving treatment as a result of financing from the Global Fund, PEPFAR or both.

Complementing the strong progress made in the fight against AIDS, the Global Fund announced that it has supported tuberculosis treatment for 7.7 million people and distributed 160 million insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria infection.

These results translate into significant progress in the global fight against the three diseases. According to a recent report, worldwide AIDS-related deaths have fallen in the past five years and the number of new HIV infections is stabilizing.

“This news marks real progress in the battle for better health, but the fight to prevent and treat AIDS – as well as tuberculosis and malaria – is far from over,” said Friends of the Global Fight’s President, Natasha Bilimoria. “This is a moment of opportunity. The U.S. has led the world’s fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and today’s results are a testament to that critical leadership. The challenge now is to fulfill the $4 billion pledge so we can continue this lifesaving progress.”

Created in 2002, the Global Fund is a critical tool in the fight against three devastating diseases that together kill 5 million people a year. With grants worth more than $19 billion in 145 countries around the world, the Global Fund is the world’s largest global public health financier.

FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA

Friends of the Global Fight works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.TheGlobalFight.org.

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