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Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Releases Latest Impact Data Report Shows Significant Progress in Improving Women’s Health and Combating Child Mortality
Washington, D.C., March 8, 2010 — Today the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released data indicating strong progress in the fight against these three diseases, as well as making projections about the state of global health through 2020. According to the Global Fund’s report, “The Global Fund 2010: Innovation and Impact,” virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015 is now within reach. In addition, within 10 years, malaria may be eliminated as a public health problem in most countries where it is now endemic. Building upon progress made to date, these goals and many others can be met if programs financed by the Global Fund are able to maintain their current rate of progress, combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as strengthening health systems around the world.
“A world where no children are born with HIV is truly possible by 2015,” said Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “It is also possible now to imagine a world with no more malaria deaths, with an increasing number of countries reporting a reduction in malaria deaths of more than 50%. No other area of development has seen such a direct and rapid impact as these investments in fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.”
Since its inception in 2002, the Global Fund estimates it has saved 4.9 million lives through AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria control programs. As the “Innovation and Impact” report indicates, these results have broad implications, including improving the health of women and children. In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV/AIDS kills half of women ages 15 to 49. By increasing HIV treatment and prevention services, the Global Fund is helping to stop the largest killer of women in this region. In addition, at the end of 2009, the Global Fund had provided 790,000 doses of medication to HIV-positive pregnant women worldwide to prevent mother-to-child transmission. Efforts supported by the Global Fund have also scaled up essential services to prevent and treat malaria, another main cause of death in children and pregnant women in many regions of the world.
“As this report demonstrates, the Global Fund is achieving outstanding results,” said Natasha Bilimoria, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “It is essential that we capitalize on the progress made to date. Funding for the Global Fund in fiscal year 2011 is critical not only to support its programs but also to set the stage for other donors internationally during this replenishment period. As the Global Fund secures three-year pledges from donor countries this fall, the
U.S. government’s continued financial leadership is an integral part of the ongoing and future success of Global Fund programs.”
The report promises that even more substantial results will follow in the coming years; much of the $5.4 billion in financing approved by the Global Fund in the past two rounds of proposals will reach countries in 2010 and 2011, and will continue to significantly boost health outcomes.
To date, the Global Fund has committed more than $19 billion to grants in 144 countries around the world. In the eight years since it was established, the Global Fund has grown capacity for health programs in developing countries to meet the challenges presented by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria within their borders. At the end of 2009, Global Fund-supported programs had provided AIDS treatment for 2.5
million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 6 million people and 104 million insecticide-treated bed nets for the prevention of malaria.
To view the full report, please visit: http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/publications/progressreports/2010/.
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. The organization educates, engages and mobilizes 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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