HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Children are at the heart of these epidemics—and with the Global Fund, we have the ability to save their lives and stabilize their communities.

A children's choir in Uganda that includes many of Josephine's grandchildren. Josephine says frequent malaria is a challenge – they sleep under nets, but it’s hard to stay covered. She cares for her grandchildren because three of her daughters died of HIV/AIDS.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a powerful tool for ending the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria worldwide. By combining resources from donor governments, the private sector, and private foundations, the Global Fund has greater reach and enhanced coordination, ultimately leading to greater impact and more lives saved.

Children are at the heart of these epidemics: A child dies every two minutes from malaria, nearly 1,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV every day, and a million children get sick with tuberculosis each year. As people of faith, we should find this unacceptable when we have the ability and the tools to respond.

Progress is possible, but not inevitable. New countries are certified as malaria-free almost every year, millions of lives have been saved with antiretroviral therapy, and many countries have also reduced TB to a relatively rare disease. However, TB is now the world’s leading killer among infectious diseases, and one out of four people infected with HIV still doesn’t know they have it.

There's still work to be done.

This year, the Global Fund is undertaking its Sixth Replenishment, with a target of raising $14 billion over the next three years to save 16 million lives.  U.S. participation in the Global Fund catalyzes other donors and leverages investments in bilateral programs like PEPFAR (the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).

Alongside partners, the U.S. helps save the lives of children and their families and stabilizes their communities by playing a crucial role in the fight against HIV, TB, and malaria. Recognizing the Global Fund as a valuable tool to pool resources and enable impact beyond what we can accomplish alone, the U.S.’s continued leadership and support with $1.56 billion in FY20 are critical to the success of the Global Fund.

 

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(Last Updated 3/4/19)

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