Fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
March 24th marks World Tuberculosis Day. In 2011 there were still nearly 9 million new cases and nearly 1.4 million died; despite the fact that drugs can cost as little as $20 per person in the developing world where the highest numbers of new TB infections are. TB is also the leading killer of people living with HIV and accounts for ¼ of all deaths in HIV positive people.
The largest international financier for global TB control is the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has also become the main external financier of AIDS and malaria programs. Overall, the Global Fund has funded over 1000 projects valued at over $22 billion in 151 countries, and has been the key player in pursuing Millennium Development Goal 6: reversing the spread of three pandemics. The Global Fund has provided AIDS treatment for 4.2 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 9.7 million people and 310 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria.
The Global Fund faces unprecedented levels of quality demand by countries for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programming while at the same time it has faced uncertainty over funding levels. With a replenishment of the Global Fund taking place this fall, we urge the Canadian government to increase its contribution to the Global Fund and show leadership in tackling these three diseases head on.