With personal protective equipment, radio broadcasts and innovative mosquito net campaigns, countries are fighting COVID-19, shoring up health systems, and mitigating the impacts on lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programs. The Global Fund is supporting these efforts with immediate funding. Here’s where countries are directing that financial support to help stop the pandemic by uniting to fight.
In Cape Town, South Africa, Nombasa Krune-Dumile, a drug-resistant tuberculosis counselor who has dedicated her life to supporting tuberculosis (TB) patients, says COVID-19 has devastated health systems and upended normal operations of her work.
Building resilient and sustainable systems for health has never been more critical. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains globally and threatens to reverse the hard-won gains made in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria. In countries where weak health systems are already overstretched, the knock-on impact of COVID-19 threatens to be catastrophic.
COVID-19 lockdowns are having a catastrophic impact on key and vulnerable populations. Restrictive measures are preventing some communities from accessing and affording enough food or medicine, causing disruptions to lifesaving treatments. When patients’ treatments are disrupted, they can develop drug resistance, spread the disease to others, or – in the case of HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers – pass the illness to their babies.