Global Fund Donors Make Record Contributions

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Posted on 12/13/2013
Malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis are three of the world's deadliest diseases, but when communities have access to health care, the risk decreases.
Malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis are three of the world's deadliest diseases, but when communities have access to health care, the risk decreases.

Malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS are three of the world's leading causes of mortality. Responsible for millions of deaths every year, these diseases are particularly prevalent in developing nations, where access to lifesaving medications is limited and families struggle to pay for medical care. However, the Global Fund, an international financing organization dedicated to fighting these diseases, recently announced that member nations have pledged $12 billion to combat the effects of malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

Renewing the Fight

At the Global Fund's Fourth Replenishment ceremony held in December in Washington, D.C., officials from the organization spoke about member nations' commitment to ending malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis worldwide. Donors to the Global Fund have pledged $12 billion, the largest amount in the Global Fund's history, to fight these diseases and save lives across the globe.

"We can beat this," said Ambassador Samantha Power, the United States' permanent representative to the United Nations. "Good things happen when multilateral organizations and national governments work together with scientists, philanthropists and civil society. Good things happen when we share responsibility and good things happen when we never give up. Above all, good things happen when we value every human life and honor the rights and dignity of every human being."

The $12 billion in funding will come from 25 countries, as well as the European Commission, nonprofit organizations, private charitable foundations and other groups. The U.S. government remains the Global Fund's largest single contributor, and President Barack Obama recently urged other member nations to match its donations to meet the organization's funding goals. Obama added that the U.S. would continue to add $1 to every $2 contributed by other countries until September 2014 to further propel fundraising efforts. Currently, the U.S. has pledged $4 billion, though this figure could rise to approximately $5 billion depending on the funds donated by other countries.

A Devastating Impact

The human cost of malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS worldwide can be difficult to truly comprehend. According to the World Health Organization, malaria alone kills approximately 660,000 people every year, and 90 percent of reported cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Children under the age of 5 are at particular risk, and malaria kills a child every 60 seconds.

Data from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS reveals that, since AIDS reached epidemic status in the 1980s, the disease has killed more than 36 million people. Tuberculosis is the world's second-greatest killer, behind AIDS, and 1.3 million people died from the disease last year alone. In 2012, an estimated 530,000 children fell ill with tuberculosis, and 95 percent of deaths attributed to the disease, which often targets women from the ages of 15 to 44, occur in low- and middle-income countries.

ChildFund works in many countries in which these diseases are prevalent. Many families are at risk because they lack access to health care, and children often face an uncertain future. One of the best ways you can help us save lives and invest in future generations is by sponsoring a child. Just $28 per month will help a child in need and provide him or her with the nutritious food, clean drinking water and lifesaving health care he or she needs to survive. Many of our sponsored children have grown up to lead happy, fulfilling lives thanks to the kindness and generosity of their sponsors.

Alternatively, donating to ChildFund's Essentials for Survival fund allows us to help provide aid to families where the need is greatest. Help us fight child poverty and reduce the impact of diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.