Washington, D.C. - Michael Elliott, President and CEO of The ONE Campaign, today issued the following statement regarding the 10th Anniversary of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
“This week, ONE celebrates the 10 years of life-saving results achieved by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria-an innovative, transparent mechanism that is saving more than 100,000 lives every month.
“In just 10 years, the Global Fund has changed the world’s health landscape by achieving impressive results in some of the world’s poorest countries. The Global Fund has helped 3.3 million people worldwide to receive AIDS treatment, in addition to putting more than one million pregnant women on treatment to protect their babies from HIV. The Fund has treated more than 8.6 million cases of tuberculosis worldwide and delivered more than 230 million insecticide-treated bed nets for the prevention of malaria.
“These results are more than just numbers on a page. Many of us at ONE have been fortunate to see these programs at work in the field, as recently as two weeks ago in Ghana, where they are saving lives and improving futures.
“We’re at a critical inflection point for these diseases, and the global health community is close to a number of breakthroughs: by 2015, we could see the end of malaria deaths, the virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and even the beginning of the end of AIDS. But achieving these goals will not happen without a redoubled effort to strengthen the Global Fund, so that it can continue to finance life-saving programs on the ground. In difficult economic times, everyone wants to ensure they are getting a good value for their money. The Global Fund’s results are living proof of its extraordinary value.
“The ONE Campaign congratulates the Global Fund and looks forward to continuing our work with the Fund to help defeat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.”
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 3.5 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Strictly nonpartisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs. ONE is not a grant-making organization and does not solicit funding from the public or receive government funding. ONE is funded almost entirely by a handful of philanthropists and foundations. We achieve change through advocacy. Our teams in Washington, D.C., London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives. To learn more, go to ONE.org.