September 23, 2013
"The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced new results [on Friday] that show significant gains in the treatment of people living with HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus," the Global Fund reports in a press release. "The results show that 5.3 million people living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral therapy under programs supported by the Global Fund, as of July 1, 2013, up from 4.2 million at the end of 2012," according to the press release, which adds, "The results also show a 21 percent increase in the number of women treated to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, in the first half of 2013. The number of cases of malaria treated grew by 13 percent in the same half-year." In addition, "Global Fund financing has cumulatively supported detection and treatment of 11 million smear-positive cases of TB, up from 9.7 million at the end of 2012," the press release notes (9/20).