January 29, 2016
In January, the Global Fund released its year-end results, showing the progress the Global Fund partnership continues to make in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Since the last results report was released in mid-2015, an additional 500,000 people have been put on treatment for HIV, bringing the total to 8.6 million. Furthermore, 250,000 additional women have been able to access HIV treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the disease, bringing the total to 3.3 million women receiving treatment during pregnancy.
The Global Fund has also reported the purchase and distribution of 600 million insecticide-treated nets to fight malaria, an increase of 35 percent over the past year. Global Fund-supported programs detected and treated 800,000 more cases of tuberculosis in the first half of 2015, and 230,000 people have been treated for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) – a 53 percent increase over the past year.
What these numbers show is the incredible strength and effectiveness the Global Fund partnership has in detecting, treating, and ultimately, eliminating these epidemics around the world. We must keep up this momentum through robust funding of the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment in the fall of 2016.