The Global Fund (yesterday) released its 2017 results report

“In 2000 AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria appeared to be unstoppable. In many countries, AIDS devastated an entire generation, leaving countless orphans and shattered communities. Malaria killed young children and pregnant women unable to protect themselves from mosquitoes or access lifesaving medicine. Tuberculosis unfairly afflicted the poor, as it had for millennia. The world fought back. As a partnership of governments, the private sector, civil society and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund pooled the world’s resources to invest strategically in programs to end AIDS, TB and malaria as epidemics. It is working.”

“The report highlights the impact and results achieved through the end of 2016 by programs supported by the Global Fund, showing cumulative progress since 2002. It is a collective effort, combining the strong contributions made by governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by HIV, TB and malaria. Here are the cumulative highlights:

  • 22 million lives save
  • A decline of one-third in the number of people dying from HIV, TB and malaria since 2002, in countries where the Global Fund invests 
  • 11 million people on antiretroviral therapy for HIV – more than half the global total
  • 17.4 million people have received TB treatment
  • 795 million mosquito nets distributed through programs for malaria”

To access the two page executive summary click here

To access the full report click here

Highlights on gender, women & adolescent girls and young women

“It is becoming starkly evident that young people, in particular adolescent girls and young women, face extraordinary levels of risk. In parts of Africa, young women aged 15-24 years are eight times more likely than their male peers to be living with HIV. The Global Fund supports work that breaks down gender inequalities that drive the spread of disease, and we invest in programs specifically focused on improving the health of adolescent girls and young women.

Well-designed programs can, and do, mitigate gender-related risks and barriers to services. Data collection and analysis are necessary to identify differences in health status according to gender and age, and the socio-economic influences over access to health services based on gender identity. The Global Fund’s initiative to improve national data systems, including sex and age disaggregated data collection and analysis, now covers more than 50 countries.

Adolescent girls and young women disproportionately suffer the burden of the HIV epidemic and TB co-infection in many contexts across Southern and East Africa. In the hardest-hit countries, girls make up 80 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents.

In addition to existing country programs, the Global Fund has committed US$55 million in catalytic funding for 2017-2019 for 13 of the most affected countries in Southern and East Africa to support integrated prevention, treatment and care programs for adolescent girls and young women, including programs such as keeping girls in school, services to address and prevent gender-based violence, social protection programs, girls’ empowerment groups, and youth-friendly health services and care. Between 2005 and 2016, the absolute number of AIDS-related deaths among women aged 15 years and above declined 66 percent in 13 key African countries where the Global Fund invests (Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe), while declining 49 percent among men the same age.”