PEPFAR & global fund join hands to help AIDS patients

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 00:00

Washington: The US President`s Emergency Plan
for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced jointly supporting
antiretroviral treatment (ART) for majority of 4 million AIDS
patients across the globe, including in India.

The two programees have collaborated to provide support
to nearly 3.7 million HIV/AIDS patients in low and middle-
income countries, including India, The Global Fund said in a
release today on the World Aids Day.

PEPFAR in partnership with more than 30 nations provides
for direct support for life-saving ART for over 2.4 million
men, women and children since September 2009, while the Global
Fund has supported treatment for 2.5 million people worldwide.

Around 1.3 million people, receive treatment supported by
both PEPFAR bilateral programs and the Global Fund, are
counted in the totals for each organisation.

The numbers reflect the strong country-level partnership
between PEPFAR and the Global Fund.

To exploit synergies, the two organisations coordinate at
the country level to ensure that resources are used
efficiently and effectively.

For example, in India, US Government programs provide
technical assistance for treatment services and the ARV drugs
are provided by the Global Fund.

PEPFAR is the largest commitment by any nation to combat
a single disease in history.

Nearly 3,40,000 of HIV-positive mothers were born
HIV-free because of the efforts put in by the PEPFAR towards
preventing mother-to-child transmission. It has also assisted
more than 4 million orphans and vulnerable children.

The Fund is a unique global PPP dedicated to attracting
and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat
HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the release said.

With approved funding of USD 18.7 billion for more than
600 programs in 144 countries to fight AIDS, the Global Fund
currently provides for the quarter of total international
financing for AIDS globally.

This partnership between governments, civil society, the
private sector and affected communities represents a new
approach to international health financing.

It works in close collaboration with other bilateral and
multilateral organisations to supplement the existing efforts.

To date, programmes supported through the Fund have
provided AIDS treatment to nearly 2.5 million people.


First Published: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 00:00

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