SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

HIV patients receiving treatment from Global Fund on the rise

The number of people being treated for HIV by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria rose significantly in the last six months, the Global Fund recently reported.

The number of people living with HIV receiving antiretroviral therapy under programs supported by the Global Fund rose from 5.3 million six months ago to 6.1 million. The number is way up from the 4.2 million people who were receiving such treatment at the end of 2012.

"I am absolutely thrilled to see that thanks to the collaborative effort of all our partners, six million people are now receiving HIV treatment," Mark Dybul, the executive director of the Global Fund, said. "These results are very encouraging, but there is no time to lose. If we can harness the funds needed, and reach the most vulnerable, we can be the generation that defeats AIDS."

One factor in the increase is that the Global Fund can now include data from Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and India.

The Global Fund also announced major progress in the battle against malaria. Global Fund programs increased the number of distributed insecticide-treated nets from 310 million to 360 million. The increase was partly due to expanded programs in Nigeria, South Sudan and Sudan.

Additionally, the Global Fund announced that the number of new smear-positive TB cases detected and treated grew from 9.7 million at the end of 2012 to 11.2 million.

On Monday and Tuesday, the Global Fund launched its fourth replenishment in Washington in an event hosted by the U.S. government.