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Global Fund announces treatment access & PMTCT coverage progress
Results released by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria show marked progress among their funded programmes in access to antiretrovirals (ARV) among people living with HIV, and in the coverage of prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT). Global Fund assisted programmes enabled an additional 1.1 million people to access ARV treatment in the first six months of 2013, and there was a 21 percent increase in the number of pregnant women accessing treatment to protect their baby from HIV infection during the same period.
The Global Fund is a multilateral donor and is the largest funder of HIV and AIDS interventions at global level. The organisation works as a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities by combining resources towards fighting HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria through grant programmes. It was established in 2002 to increase the availability of funding by directing money towards areas of greatest need.
At the end of 2011, the Global Fund announced drastic changes to the funding mechanism, due to restricted finance available, and has since been focusing on funding existing programmes and essential services. At the end of 2013, a replenishment meeting will take place to secure financing for 2014-2016 period. The ‘Here I Am’ campaign is urging world leaders to commit to fully fund the Global Fund at this replenishment conference – you can join the campaign here.