If you remember back in March, when we met with global leaders in The Hague, the Global Fund released some impressive reports detailing their work to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Now, just a few months later, they’ve released new data, and the results are astounding:
2.8 million people on life-saving AIDS treatment
7 million people treated for TB
122 million bednets distributed to protect families from malaria
Those are increases of 22%, 30%, and, 39% respectively just since June 2009! Additional results showed that 930,000 HIV-positive pregnant women have received treatment to reduce mother-to-child transmission of the virus; 120 million HIV counseling and testing sessions have been conducted; and 4.9 million basic care and support services have been provided to AIDS orphans and vulnerable children since the Global Fund started financing grants in 2003.
These new statistics are living proof that investments in the Global Fund are working; in fact, the Global Fund now estimates that it has saved 5.7 million lives.
But just throwing out statistics – even if they are impressive – can often be less impactful than the power of one person’s story. Watch how investments in the Global Fund saved the life of one young man in Cote D’Ivoire, and how he has since been inspired to give back to his community:
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