Ambiya, pictured above, was just 15 years old when she was diagnosed with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. For 18 months, every single day, she had to take a one-hour bus trip from her home in Jakarta, Indonesia, to the TB clinic to take her medication. Her treatment included 11 pills at a time that made her feel nauseated. The pills were incredibly hard to take and keep down, making the process of taking them slow and painful. Thankfully, Ambiya was cured of her TB.
HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria remain significant health threats for children.
Arguably the most successful mechanism for fighting these diseases has been The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. In countries where the Global Fund invests, the following progress has been made:
- Deaths from AIDS dropped more than 40%, from 2 million in 2004 to 1.1 million in 2014.
- Increased access to ART from 4% coverage in 2005 to 40% coverage in 2014.
- Deaths from TB dropped 29% between 2000 and 2014.
- Deaths from malaria dropped 48% between 2000 and 2014.
- 548 million mosquito nets distributed, access increased from 7% in 2005 to 56% in 2014.
The Global Fund aims to save millions more lives.
As a signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals, Australia has supported an ambitious aim to end the epidemics of HIV, TB and Malaria by 2030. Australia must back commitment with action and give generously to the Global Fund in 2016.
Our aim throughout February and March is to set ourselves up for a successful campaign, establish relationships with our parliamentarians, talk to them about our commitment to ending epidemics by 2030, and have them pledge their support for this aim by signing our Pledge: I stand with RESULTS pledging to play my part to end the world’s worst epidemics by 2030.
Your advocacy is enormously important, as explained here by Dr Mark Dybul, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.