• Fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

    In 2000, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria together killed approximately 6 million people a year. The devastation to countries and communities led to the creation, in 2002, of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    The concept was simple: communities and countries already know what needs to be done. The role of the Global Fund is to provide the financial support needed to make it happen. As a 21st century financial institution, the Global Fund supports effective programs of prevention, treatment and care and ensuring that money goes to supporting the men, women and children affected by AIDS, TB and malaria.

    Little more than a decade later, we are seeing significant impact on the three diseases. As of 2012, the number of deaths related to these three diseases had decreased by 40 percent.

    But we are still a long way from eliminating these three diseases as public health threats. With access to treatment, millions of HIV-positive people are living healthy, productive lives. And yet, one out of two persons living with HIV does not know their status.

    TB, once a forgotten disease, has come surging back with the spread of HIV and is the leading cause of death for those living with AIDS. More worrying still is the rapid rise of multidrug-resistant strains of the diseases.

    And while highly effective treatments for malaria have been introduced in the last decade, we are starting to see pockets of resistance to this new generation of medicines as well as resistance to the insecticides used to protect families from malaria.

    AIDS, TB and malaria are still with us, and are still a global public health threat. We have the tools, we have the knowledge, but we must not let efforts to fight these diseases slow. The world is at a tipping point: if we do not defeat the diseases now, the risk is that they will resurge in new and more powerful forms which we will not have the tools to fight. We must do all we can to end AIDS, TB and malaria as epidemics.