26 September 2012
Guest Contributor

The Big Push in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

New York was the stage today for the launch of ‘The Big Push’, a world-wide campaign by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in collaboration with the Huffington Post.

“What will the day be like when we finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria?” asked editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington. The Big Push rallies support to achieve global health goals that are now within reach. We can eradicate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the planet’s three deadliest preventable diseases. But we need that final, big push.

Arianna noted the tremendous global advances that have already been made in this effort:

  • Since 2000, malaria infections have declined by 50 percent or more in a dozen African countries.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa in 2003, only 100,000 people were receiving antiretroviral therapy. Now, the number is more than 6 million. By 2015, it will go up to 15 million worldwide.
  • Worldwide, tuberculosis infections have been declining since 2006 and, at the current rate, we will reach the Millennium Development Goal of cutting tuberculosis cases and deaths in half by 2015.

“Of course, this didn’t just happen.” said Arianna. “It’s a testament to the amazing dedication, hard work, and perseverance of organizations like the Global Fund, PEPFAR and many more, along with the leaders of the U.S. and the G20. Not to mention the leadership and citizens of the developing nations themselves, who truly have the most to win in this fight: the lives and futures of their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and children.”

The campaign was initiated by organizations that are mobilising efforts to reach health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and by Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Malaria and MDG Advocate.

“What we need is the funding to deliver on these goals,” said Mr. Chambers. “We have made tremendous progress, but there is further to go. We can’t stop now.”

The centerpiece of the campaign is a wall of portraits, in which citizens around the world add photos of themselves holding signs that demonstrate their commitment to fighting these diseases.

We need a Big Push to change the course of history for global health.

Join Bono, Charlize Theron, Bill Clinton and others in ‘The Big Push’ for global health at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/big-push/

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