This month we write to the media to draw attention to the life-saving work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Why do we need a fully funded Global Fund?
Since 2002, the Global fund has saved 17 million lives and they are on track to reach 22 million lives saved by the end of 2016
So we have seen unprecedented progress in containing and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. Nevertheless, these three diseases claimed around 2.75 million lives in 2014.
The opportunity to defeat HIV and AIDS, TB, and malaria is within our reach.
- Between 2000 and 2015 the number of people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat HIV increased from 50,000 to 15.8 million.
- TB deaths have declined by 41% since 2000, due to advances in both detection and treatment of TB.
- Since 2000, the proportion of African households with an insecticide-treated bed net to protect them from malaria-carrying mosquitoes increased from 3% to 55%, and deaths from malaria have fallen by 48%
The Global Fund makes a huge difference in our region.
For instance, in Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province, a mosquito net distribution campaign is giving more children the chance to grow up without falling ill with malaria. Expanded use of mosquito nets and the availability of effective treatment have caused the number of new cases as well as malaria-related deaths in the country to drop by more than 90% since 2000.
However, these successes are not guaranteed to continue without further investment.
How much Australian aid should be invested and why?
In the last 10 years, Australia has contributed $400 million to the Global Fund, and in turn the Global Fund has invested $4 billion in total in the Asia-pacific region. In other words, for every $1 Australia has invested in the Global Fund, the Global Fund has invested $10 back in our region – the priority region for Australian aid.
Check out this video on what Mark Dybul, Executive Director of The Global Fund, has to say about the importance of your advocacy…