A Smart Investment
In 2000, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria appeared to be unstoppable. In many countries, AIDS devastated an entire generation, leaving countless orphans and shattered communities. Malaria killed young children and pregnant women unable to protect themselves from mosquitoes or access lifesaving medicine. Tuberculosis unfairly afflicted the poor, as it had for millennia.
The world fought back. Finland joined hands with other governments, the private sector, civil society and people affected by the diseases to form the Global Fund.
Seventeen years later, smart and effective health investments through the Global Fund have helped save more than 27 million lives. Finland has, as donor of the past, been part of this success, having invested EUR 25 million from 2006 to 2013.