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Global Fund investments support AIDS treatment for 2.3 million people

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88 Million Bed Nets Distributed for Malaria

Geneva - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced that 2.3 million people living with HIV have been reached with lifesaving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment through AIDS programs it supports, a 31 per cent increase over results reported a year ago.

Global Fund-supported tuberculosis programs have so far put more than 5.4 million people on effective TB drugs treatment. Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death among HIV-infected people; the World Health Organization estimates that TB accounts for up to a third of AIDS deaths worldwide.

The Global Fund also reported progress in the fight against malaria, with a cumulative total of 88 million insecticide-treated bed nets delivered to families at risk of contracting the disease through its funded programs. This is a rise of 49 percent from 59 million nets distributed by mid 2008.

The Global Fund provides around 23 percent of international resources to fight AIDS, as well as 57 per cent of international funding to fight tuberculosis and 60 per cent of international funding to fight malaria.

"In less than eight years, the Global Fund has gone from a concept to a driver of change," said Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund. "When we first began our work in 2002, few people in developing countries were being treated for AIDS or tuberculosis. Malaria was a neglected disease. Many countries simply did not have the resources to fight these diseases effectively. Now the story is changing dramatically. There is still much to be done, but we are making real progress and I am proud that the Global Fund is a leader in this global effort."

Global Fund results - June 2009
mid 2008
mid 2009
% increase
Number of people currently receiving ARVs
Number of people receiving treatment under DOTS
Number of nets distributed (ITNS and LLNS)

Additional results showed that a cumulative total of 79 million people have been reached with HIV counseling and testing; 3.7 million AIDS orphans and vulnerable children have been provided with basic care and support; 110 million people have been reached with community outreach prevention for one or several of the three diseases; 537.000 HIV+ pregnant women receiving a complete course of ARV prophylaxis to reduce mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT); 1.4 billion condoms distributed; 7 million people receiving care and support; and 10 million health or community workers have been trained to deliver services since the Global Fund started financing grants in 2003.

The results reported today combine data from individual programs supported by the Global Fund in 140 countries. Measuring performance is at the core of the Global Fund's performance-based financing system which only disburses money based on targets reached. The quality of the results is assured through the work of the Global Fund's verifying agency in each country and independent data and systems reviews.

The Global Fund closed this year's call for new grant proposals last 1 July. The scale-up in Global Fund supported programs has led to an unprecedented increase in new high-quality proposals for grants being submitted. It is anticipated that there will be an equally high level of demand this year as well. The Board of the Global Fund is expected to approve new grants under this round at its Board Meeting in November 2009.

For more information on principles and approach in determining the number of people on antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for HIV/AIDS treatment, including a breakdown of the results by country, visit our frequently asked questions document.

The Global Fund is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases.

At the end of 2008, Global Fund-supported programs are estimated to have averted more than 3.5 million deaths by providing AIDS treatment for 2.3 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 5.4 million people and by distributing 88 million insecticide-treated bed nets for the prevention of malaria worldwide. The Global Fund has so far approved funding in 140 countries worth US$ 15 billion.

For more information, please contact;

The Global Fund

Andrew Hurst - Communications
Office: + 41 58 791 86 72
Mobile: +41 79 561 68 07

Marcela Rojo - Communications
Office: + 41 58 791 1679
Mobile: + 41 79 540 2667