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How Global Fund Is Working to Eradicate AIDS, TB, and Malaria

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What Is the Global Fund?

The Global Fund is an organization started in 2002 as a vision of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a private foundation. Its goal is to concentrate the world’s efforts to eradicate AIDS, TB, and malaria as epidemics.  

Tens of millions of lives have already been impacted by this group which is relentless in its pursuit to see this mission fulfilled. Hundreds of millions more people have been provided treatment and care, showing the Global Fund’s impact as one of the most significant enemy in the worldwide battle against these three diseases.


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How Does the Global Fund Work?

Touching this many lives has been no easy task, but the Global Fund strategically invests the $4 billion (USD) it raises every year. This money comes from governments, the private sector, and civilians in a joint partnership.

Taking a more contemporary approach to investing, the Global Fund relies on its four principles of partnerships, country ownership, performance-based funding, and transparency in order to remain effective. Through its efforts, the incidents of AIDS, TB, and malaria have decreased by one third in Global Fund regions, including most regions across Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and parts of Europe and the Middle East.

The Global Fund itself does not do any work on the ground. Instead, it empowers local organizations with resources to fight these deadly diseases. The Global Fund recognizes that these local organizations best understand their specific geographic and cultural challenges to implement any strategy, and rely on this knowledge to generate the best results.  

Does It Work?

Two million lives are saved every year as a result of this strategy. These are 2 million real people who, a short time ago, would have likely faced a death sentence with the diagnosis of any of these diseases. These are also the families of 2 million people who get to see their children grow up, watch their sisters and brothers stay healthy, or hold their partners for another day.  

By the end of 2016, the Global Fund will have saved 22 million lives total through its initiatives with various organizations. The death rates for AIDS, TB, and malaria have declined significantly in countries in which Global Fund invests; 40%, 31%, and 50% respectively. Sixty million mosquito nets were given out in 2015 alone in an effort to prevent the spread of malaria and contribute to the goal of averting up to 180 million infections of all these diseases by year’s end, a target the organization is on track to meet.

What’s Next for The Global Fund?

Though there can be a great deal of pride taken in these accomplishments, the challenge ahead remains steep. More than 6,000 young girls in Southern Africa are still being infected with HIV every week. Those identified as transgendered are disproportionately affected in other African regions, close to 50 times the typical infection rates. In Vietnam, 17,000 people a year are still dying from tuberculosis. And in India, 1,000 people, mostly children, are dying from malaria every year.

It’s clear more work needs to be done. The Global Fund is first to recognize this reality. But it also recognizes the tremendous strides taken in combating these diseases and uniting the world’s efforts in doing so.

Canada, in particular, has been a major supporter by contributing over $2 billion (USD) to the Global Fund since 2002. And, on Sept. 16, Canada plays host to world leaders as they meet in Montreal. Their goal for this three-year cycle of funding is $13 billion (USD), and Canada has already pledged to increase its contributions by 20%.    

Global Fund’s mission has been bold from day one: declaring our world free from AIDS, TB, and malaria by continuing its audacious push toward saving lives and empowering communities in the process.