Thanks to Bipartisan Support, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Makes Great Progress Toward an AIDS-Free Generation
Statement from Friends of the Global Fight President Deborah Derrick on World AIDS Day 2012
Washington, D.C., November 29, 2012 — Saturday marks World AIDS Day, and this year there is much to applaud. According to a recent UNAIDS report, new HIV infections in 25 low- and middle-income countries have fallen by more than 50% in recent years, with several countries reporting an even more dramatic decrease. Overall, half of all the reductions in new infections in the past two years have been among children, showcasing the world’s progress toward an AIDS-free generation.
The U.S. has been a true leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, through its bipartisan support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the creation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) under former President George W. Bush. The Global Fund accounts for 20% of international funding for HIV/AIDS — in fact, Global Fund-supported programs provide 4.2 million people with antiretroviral medication and have supplied 1.7 million pregnant women with treatment to prevent the transmission of HIV to their babies.
The Obama Administration will release its AIDS Blueprint today, with an announcement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby. The Blueprint maps out PEPFAR’s crucial role in the global response to HIV/AIDS and its continued collaboration with partners.
Advancements in detection, treatment and prevention have been vital to achieving recent progress. But these advancements would have meant little without a strong global commitment of resources. Increased funding from both implementing countries and international donors has been devoted to fighting this deadly disease. As a result of this shared responsibility, more than $16 billion was available for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and care this year.
Still, more resources are needed to maintain this progress and reach international goals. The Global Fund aims to save 10 million lives and prevent 140 to 180 million new infections by 2016. With continued strong support, and full funding from all the world’s donors, we can reach this milestone — and move toward an AIDS-free generation.
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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