Results show dramatic gains in the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria: Global Fund

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Significant gains have been made in the treatment of people living with HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus, according to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

New results out Friday 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.

And, Global Fund-supported TB programs also continued to expand. Global Fund financing has cumulatively supported detection and treatment of 11 million smear-positive cases of TB, up from 9.7 million at the end of 2012.

The number of people treated for multi-drug-resistant TB grew to 88,000 from 69,000 through Global-Fund supported programs.

Executive Director of the Global Fund Mark Dybul, said "These results show that we can have a transformative effect on these diseases, by working together," adding, "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."

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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