The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced new results “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 results show that 5.3 million people living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral therapy under programs supported by the Global Fund as of 1 July 2013, up from 4.2 million at the end of 2012. 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. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, said, “These results show that we can have a transformative effect on these diseases by working together. More people affected by HIV today can go to work, send their children to school and lead healthy lives thanks to the hard work of all our partners.”
The increase of 1.1 million people on ARV therapy since late 2012 reflected a significant improvement in the quality of grant management in Nigeria and Malawi, enabling these two countries to fulfill all stringent criteria for inclusion of their national data in the Global Fund’s aggregated results. Zimbabwe also contributed, by significantly raising coverage of ARVs for new patients, to 11 percent of the increase. In the first half of 2013, the number of pregnant women living with HIV who have received a complete course of ARV therapy to prevent transmission to their unborn children under programs supported by the Global Fund grew to 2.1 million from 1.7 million. Four countries accounted for 65 percent of the increase from the end of 2012: Mozambique (28 percent), Zambia (15 percent), Tanzania (12 percent) and Zimbabwe (10 percent). In these countries, efforts in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission have accelerated sharply over the last year.
Full release: 21 September 2013 http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/mediacenter/newsreleases/2013-09-20_Global_Fund_Results_Show_Dramatic_Gains/