Global Fund reports significant gains by grant-supported HIV, malaria program

The Global Fund announced last week that programs supported by its grants have made significant gains this year in the fight against tuberculosis, HIV and malaria.

Programs supported by Global Fund grants have supplied people with more than 410 million mosquito nets and helped treat approximately 140,000 people with multidrug resistant tuberculosis during the first half of the year, a six percent increase from 2013, according to a Global Fund press release.

Treatment of HIV with antiretroviral therapy rose eight percent during the first six months of the year to reach 6.6 million people. HIV testing and counseling sessions increased by more than 50 million-a 17 percent increase-and care and support for orphans and vulnerable children increased by nine percent.

The Global Fund said it is working with partners and experts to better measure the impact of HIV, TB and malaria programs supported by its grants.

"These results show that we are accelerating progress against HIV, TB and malaria," Mark Dybul, the executive director of the Global Fund, said. "We can do even more, and reach more people, when we work together and concentrate our efforts on those who are most vulnerable."