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A World Without AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

The global focus on ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria by 2030 has proven tremendously effective in rapidly scaling up access to treatment in developing countries. But if the world is to meet these ambitious goals, national governments and international development institutions must work together to build stronger health systems.

PARIS – As part of the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community set itself the ambitious goal of eradicating HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria by 2030. Despite the extraordinary progress that has already been made, ending these pandemics and achieving the broader goal of ensuring the health and wellbeing of all will require ramping up efforts to support countries in building resilient and inclusive health systems.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, a public-private partnership, has contributed substantially to this effort, by massively scaling up prevention and treatment. In countries where the Global Fund invests, 18.9 million people received antiretroviral therapy for HIV in 2018, 5.3 million tuberculosis patients were treated, and 131 million mosquito nets were distributed.

These efforts have proved tremendously effective in reducing these pandemics’ death toll. The latest figures indicate that 32 million lives have been saved since the Global Fund’s creation in 2002. Over the last decade, the annual number of deaths from HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria have been lowered by about half.

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