Commentary & Opinion
2010 to Be "Decisive Year" for Global Health, Global Fund Director Says
March 9, 2010
In a BusinessDay opinion piece, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Michel Kazatchkine reflects on the organization's progress and impact on global health outcomes since its creation in 2002, as detailed in the organizations' 2010 annual report. Kazatchkine writes, 2010 "will be a decisive year; the world will be reviewing progress on the millennium goals. But this is also the year of the fund's replenishment. The results of that will decide where the world will be in 2015 with regard to the millennium goals."
He continues, "If we continue to scale up rapidly, we could reach them: malaria may be eliminated as a public health problem in most endemic countries; millions more HIV infections may be prevented; the growing threat of multidrug-resistant TB may be contained; and we may virtually eliminate transmission of HIV from mother to child. ... Let us not forget that even today, despite the progress made, only half of the people in urgent need have access to life-saving treatment. Let us celebrate what we have achieved, and resolve not to slow down our efforts now" (3/8).
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