Associated Press (08.23.05) - Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Today in Geneva, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
announced it has provided 90,000 more people with HIV/AIDS
treatment in the first six months of this year, bringing the
total number of HIV/AIDS patients the fund treats up to
220,000. This 70 percent increase put the fund ahead of its
midyear targets. The Global Fund said it hopes to provide
400,000 people treatment by year-end and 1.6 million people
treatment by 2010.
The fund said 600,000 people are now receiving TB treatment
through the effort, which is primarily funded through
donations from developed-world countries. The five-year target
is to extend treatment to 3.5 million people.
While "programs are on track to reach these targets set for
HIV/AIDS and TB, [programs] are behind on targets for
malaria," said the group, which has distributed only 3.1
million insecticide-impregnated bed nets to fight malaria-
carrying mosquitoes, rather than the targeted 108 million. The
delay comes in part because funding has been focused on
developing new, more effective drugs and strengthening malaria
programs in high-prevalence nations.
Since its 2001 launch, the Global Fund has disbursed $1.4
billion for more than 300 programs in 127 countries. Over half
the fund's allocations go fight HIV/AIDS, while 31 percent is
spent on malaria and 13 percent on TB.