Global Fund reports significant gains in fighting HIV

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Global Fund says health workers and donors key to fighting HIV

Nearly nine million lives have been saved over the past decade through programmes supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The Global Fund on Monday reported that as a result, more than three million people worldwide now receive anti-retroviral treatment (ARVs) compared with 600,000 two years ago.

The XIX International AIDS Conference is currently underway in Washington, DC, bringing together policy makers, health officials and people living with HIV.

 Dianne Penn reports.

The Global Fund credits action by health workers and donors among the factors that have resulted in the successful expansion of HIV treatment in developing countries.

 It says a year's supply of the least expensive ARVs now costs less than $100 a person, as opposed to more than $10,000 in the year 2000.

Furthermore, since December 2010, the number of HIV testing and counseling sessions which the fund supports has risen by more than 40 per cent to 210 million.

The Global Fund plans to invest up to US$8 billion in grants to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria over the coming 20 months, mostly in Africa.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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