Recent Releases Published Ahead Of Global Fund Replenishment Conference

The following is a summary of blog posts and a press release published ahead of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s replenishment conference scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., on December 3.

  • Global Fund press release: The Global Fund “announced new results [Wednesday] that show a substantial increase in the number of people being treated for HIV, in the distribution of insecticide-treated nets to combat malaria and in treatment for TB,” the press release states, adding, “The results show that 6.1 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy under programs supported by the Global Fund by the end of 2013, up from 5.3 million six months ago and from 4.2 million at the end of 2012” (11/27).
  • Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health” blog: In a video report, Gayle Smith, special assistant to the president and a senior director at the National Security Council, “explains why the [Global Fund] matters today and discusses the United States’ leadership role in supporting the fund” (11/22).
  • Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health” blog: A video report in the blog examines how, “[i]n the face of tightened budgets, the fund will need to continue demonstrating it is getting the best ‘bang for the buck’ in improving the health of the world’s neediest.” The blog states, “With sufficient resources, dynamic leadership, and continued support from the United States and others, the fund will be well-positioned to continue addressing the world’s three most deadly infectious diseases” (11/26).
  • Melinda Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog: “Thanks to the Global Fund, nine million lives have been saved,” Gates, co-chair of the foundation, writes. “The Global Fund is also helping countries train a new generation of doctors, nurses, and health care workers so that they can take ownership of the response to these epidemics using their own resources,” she continues, adding, “A decade ago, the world had no good plans for fighting these diseases. Now, we’ve turned the tide” (11/27).
  • Suerie Moon, PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog: Moon, research director and co-chair of the Forum on Global Governance for Health at the Harvard Global Health Institute, “warns against falling back on stale solutions for ensuring access to essential medicines.” She writes, “[T]he Global Fund and broader global health community should explore new ideas that will ensure that all countries can afford essential medicines” (12/1).