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29 November 2012
GENEVA - The Global
Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced new results on Thursday
showing a substantial increase in the number of people being treated for HIV
and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
results show an increase of 900,000 in the number of people receiving
antiretroviral therapy since the end of 2011, taking the total now getting
treatment under programs supported by the Global Fund to 4.2 million.
am thrilled to see that we were able to extend treatment to almost another
million people in need", said Gabriel Jaramillo, the Global Fund General
The increase has been driven to a great extent by a steady
scale-up of access to life-saving antiretroviral medication in sub-Saharan
countries, such as Zimbabwe and Zambia. It reflects rising investment in
treatment by countries with support from the Global Fund, which is narrowing
the gap in coverage.
In 2011, Zambia reached universal access, defined as
more than 80% antiretroviral coverage. Between 2009 and 2011, Zimbabwe
increased the coverage of people receiving treatment by more than 50%.
Cambodia, Namibia, Rwanda and Swaziland also reached universal coverage in
A steady fall in the cost of drugs has been another factor
contributing to the rapid scale-up of treatment. A year's supply of first-line
antiretroviral drugs costs today less than $100 for the least expensive regimen
recommended by the WHO, down from more than $10,000 in 2000.
results show a rise in all HIV-related interventions financed by Global Fund
The number of pregnant women receiving antiretroviral medicines
to prevent the transmission of HIV to their unborn children grew from 1.3
million to 1.7 million from the end of 2011. The number of HIV counselling and
testing sessions also increased from 190 million to 250 million in the same
period (please see table below).
The total number of condoms distributed
jumped from 3.5 billion to 4.2 billion between the end of 2011 and 2012.
Interventions related to behaviour change communications almost doubled, from
160 million to 300 million.
Care and support services provided to patients
increased from 13 million to 19 million, and services delivered to Most-at-Risk
Populations, including female sex workers, injecting drug users and men who
have sex with men, rose from 23 million to 30 million.
The results also
show significant progress in the fight against tuberculosis and malaria. The
number of new smear-positive TB cases detected and treated increased from 8.6
million, by the end of 2011, to 9.7 million, by the end of 2012. Over the same
period, 80 million new insecticide-treated nets were distributed, taking the
total number of nets handed out by the Global Fund to date to 310 million.
* Behaviour Change Communications
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