Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the largest provider of antiretroviral treatment (ART) in Burma, also known as Myanmar, are calling for the gap between the need for and access to ART in the country to be closed, the Guardian reports. Approximately 240,000 people live with HIV in Burma, and doctors say half are in need of “urgent” ART, but national data estimates less than 30,000 were receiving ART in 2010, the newspaper writes, adding, “In a country where nearly 33 percent of people live below the poverty line, thousands of Burmese are unlikely ever to be able to afford ART, which, according to [MSF], cost $30 a month.”
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “expects to have an additional $1.6 billion to fund projects in 2012-2014, [the fund's General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo] said on Wednesday, a turnaround from a funding freeze last year,” Reuters reports (Miles, 5/9). “The new funds are a result of ‘strategic decisions made by the Board, freeing up funds that can be invested in countries where there is the most pressing demand,’ a statement by the fund said,” according to PlusNews (5/10). “The money includes funds from new donors, from traditional donors who are advancing their payments or increasing contributions and from some donors, such as China, that have offered to support projects in their own country to free up cash for more pressing needs elsewhere, Jaramillo said,” Reuters notes (5/9). “This forecast is better than expected, and it comes from the fantastic response we are getting to our transformation,” Jaramillo said, adding, “But we need more to get the job done. Countries that implement our grants are saving more and more people, but demand for services is still enormous,” according to the statement (5/9).
“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the world’s most powerful tool in the fight against the three pandemics,” Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images, Inc., writes in this post in the Huffington Post Blog, adding, “Since 2002, the Global Fund has saved and improved millions of lives.” Klein notes the Board of the Global Fund convened in Geneva, Switzerland, for its 26th meeting last week, where Board members “discussed progress to date on the current transformation of the Global Fund from emergency response to long-term sustainability.”
In a report released last week, Members of Parliament (MPs) on the International Development Committee urged the U.K. to increase its donation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to a Committee press release (5/22). “Ministers have said they will increase the commitment, but the MPs are concerned that this money” — pledged by ministers over a year ago — “has not yet been delivered, nor the amount of the increase confirmed,” BBC News writes (Dreaper, 5/22).
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash Issue 45 of the Global Fund News Flash includes articles on the 20th International AIDS Conference, the new tuberculosis drug bedaquiline, and William Kanyankore, a Rwandan physician (7/22).
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: International AIDS Conference Focuses on Picking up the Pace Against HIV Bryan Callahan, a communications officer with the Gates Foundation, discusses several of the highlights so far from the 20th International AIDS Conference, including tuberculosis-HIV co-infection and voluntary medical male circumcision (7/22).
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash Issue 46 of the Global Fund News Flash includes articles on the 20th International AIDS Conference and the “second window” for reviewing applications for funding (7/24).
Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Anti-malaria drug resistance: a threat to global health security In a guest post, Patrick Kachur, chief of the Malaria Branch in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria at the CDC’s Center for Global Health, and Larry Slutsker, director of the Division of Parasitic Diseases…
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund Welcomes Germany’s Increased Contribution “The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria warmly welcomed a decision by the German parliament to increase Germany’s contribution to €245 million for 2014 in the budget for this year, reaffirming a strong commitment…
Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 248 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter includes articles on the 20th International AIDS Conference and possible Global Fund revenue streams, among others (7/31).