Since 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been the world’s “war chest.” This innovative partnership is leading—and winning—in the fight against these three preventable diseases.
The Global Fund has helped save 27 million lives since its creation, according to new results released this week. That’s 27 million people who can live, work, attend school, and contribute to their communities without the burden of HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria!
The Global Fund’s 2018 Results Report drives home a broader point about the future of the fight: progress against AIDS, TB, and malaria is both remarkable and fragile. The fact is, despite progress, a resurgence of these three epidemics is no longer just a threat. It’s a reality.
Three key takeaways from the new report and why they matter:
1. The Global Fund supported HIV/AIDS treatment for 17.5 million people by the end of 2017.
Why this matters: AIDS is still a death sentence for the 15 million people who can’t access the medication they need. As a result, two people die from AIDS every minute. AIDS is still a crisis, but it doesn’t have to be this way. With treatment, people living with HIV/AIDS can live long and healthy lives. As the second-largest international funder for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, the Global Fund is central to the response.
2. The Global Fund supported TB treatment for 5 million people in 2017.
Why this matters: Tuberculosis is the most deadly infectious disease in the world, and one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, surpassing HIV and malaria. An estimated 4.1 million TB cases are missed every year—finding and treating them is a vital step in combating the disease. As the biggest funder of TB programs in the world, the Global Fund is investing an additional US$115 million to find and treat an additional 1.5 million cases by 2020.
3. The Global Fund distributed 200 million mosquito nets to protect against malaria in 2017.
Why this matters: Global progress against malaria is at risk. In 2016, there were 5 million more cases of malaria than in 2015, largely because of increased drug and insecticide resistance. Growing resistance makes current tools ineffective and funding levels mean there are limits to what can be achieved. As the largest international funder for malaria programs in the world, the Global Fund is on the forefront of the response investing in pilot projects for new mosquito control tools at lower prices.
The Sixth Global Fund Replenishment, which “aims to raise new funds and mobilize partners,” will happen on October 10, 2019 in Lyon, France. This day will be a critical opportunity for donors to increase ambition and recommit to ending AIDS, TB, and malaria.
We have the tools we need to end AIDS, TB, and malaria as global threats by 2030. We urgently need stronger financial and political commitments to ensure these tools get to the people who need them most.
We want to see a world without AIDS, TB, and malaria, but it won’t happen without bold political leadership. You can help make that happen by becoming a ONE member and joining the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.