THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Gains made in treatment of people living with HIV

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced on Friday that new results show significant gains in the treatment of people living with HIV.

The results showed that 5.3 million people living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral therapies that are supported by Global Fund programs, an increase from 4.2 million last year. Also in the results are a 21 percent increase in the number of women treated to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, a gain of eight percent over last year.

"These results show that we can have a transformative effect on these diseases, by working together," Mark Dybul, the executive director of the Global Fund, said. "More people affected by HIV today can go to work, send their children to school and lead healthy lives thanks to the hard work of all our partners."

These results are partially due to the improvement in the quality of grant management in Nigeria and Malawi. Zimbabwe also significantly raised the coverage of ARVs for new patients, which accounts for 11 percent of the increase.

The 21 percent increase in women being treated to prevent spreading HIV to their unborn child is due in part to four countries, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, that made up for 65 percent of the increase in ARV therapy.