Washington: The US President`s Emergency Planfor AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS,Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced jointly supportingantiretroviral treatment (ART) for majority of 4 million AIDSpatients across the globe, including in India.The two programees have collaborated to provide supportto nearly 3.7 million HIV/AIDS patients in low and middle-income countries, including India, The Global Fund said in arelease today on the World Aids Day.
To exploit synergies, the two organisations coordinate atthe country level to ensure that resources are usedefficiently and effectively.For example, in India, US Government programs providetechnical assistance for treatment services and the ARV drugsare provided by the Global Fund.PEPFAR is the largest commitment by any nation to combata single disease in history.Nearly 3,40,000 of HIV-positive mothers were bornHIV-free because of the efforts put in by the PEPFAR towardspreventing mother-to-child transmission. It has also assistedmore than 4 million orphans and vulnerable children.The Fund is a unique global PPP dedicated to attractingand disbursing additional resources to prevent and treatHIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the release said.With approved funding of USD 18.7 billion for more than600 programs in 144 countries to fight AIDS, the Global Fundcurrently provides for the quarter of total internationalfinancing for AIDS globally.This partnership between governments, civil society, theprivate sector and affected communities represents a newapproach to international health financing.It works in close collaboration with other bilateral andmultilateral organisations to supplement the existing efforts.To date, programmes supported through the Fund haveprovided AIDS treatment to nearly 2.5 million people. PTI
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