Global Fund Reports Gains in HIV Treatment, Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission

The has announced that during the first half of 2013 it achieved significant gains in the treatment of people living with HIV and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

According to the Global Fund's (7 pages, PDF), 5.3 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy in Global Fund-supported programs as of July 1, up 26 percent from 4.2 million at the end of 2012. The increase of 1.1 million people reflected a significant improvement in the quality of grants management in Nigeria and Malawi, which made it possible to include national data from those countries in the aggregated results, and the fact that Zimbabwe significantly raised its coverage of ARVs for new patients.

The fund also reported that the number of women who received treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV reached 2.1 million in the first half of 2013, up 21 percent from 1.7 million, with four countries — Mozambique (28 percent), Zambia (15 percent), Tanzania (12 percent), and Zimbabwe (10 percent) — accounting for 65 percent of the increase; and that it had made gains in the fight against malaria, with the number of cases treated up 13 percent, to 330 million, in the first half of 2013.

"These results show that we can have a transformative effect on these diseases, by working together," said Global Fund executive director Mark Dybul. "More people affected by HIV today can go to work, send their children to school, and lead healthy lives thanks to the hard work of all our partners."

"." Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Press Release 09/20/2013.