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Global Fund at Turning Point in Eliminating "Big Three" Diseases, but Continued Support Needed

September 13, 2013

"Over the past decade, the resources provided through the [Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] have saved an estimated nine million lives and turned the tide against these terrible diseases in Africa and across the developing world," Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the coordinating minister of the Nigerian economy and minister of finance, writes in The Guardian's "Poverty Matters" blog. The fund "has provided the overwhelming majority of international funding for tackling TB, more than half of international funding for malaria, and is the second largest supporter of the global AIDS effort," she notes, adding, "HIV treatment for more than 4.2 million people, TB treatment for 9.7 million people, and 310 million bednets to prevent malaria have been funded." She states, "Importantly, all this has been achieved in a way that has strengthened the health systems of individual countries in Africa and the developing world, while proving very cost-effective."

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