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18 April 2013
Shawn Clackett

Advance Screening of Mary and Martha

Mary and Martha Premiere

World Malaria Day screening in Sydney of Mary and Martha with host Simon Marnie, Results National Manager, Maree Nutt and Pacific Friends of the Global Fund Executive Director, Bill Bowtell AO

On April 15, Pacific Friends, RESULTS Australia, and Cre8ion had the advance screening of Mary and Martha. The event was a success, with some 250 guests within two theaters. Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Simon Marnie hosted the evening and speeches were given by Mr Bill Bowtell AO, Executive Director of Pacific Friends of the Global Fund and Ms Maree Nutt, National Manager of RESULTS Australia. The movie will be premiering on April 20.

At the premiere…

Weekend Sunrise on “Mary & Martha” with Maree Nutt, CEO of RESULTS AU

15 April 2013
Shawn Clackett

Advance Screening of Mary and Martha

If you take every single person killed in a terrorist act in the past 20 years and you add to that all the lives lost in the middle east since 1967 and you add to that every single American life lost since Vietnam, Korea and every single American engagement since then, Iraq, Afghanistan, if you take all those lives and you multiple it by two, that’s the number of children that die of Malaria every single year.

On Monday, April 15 for World Malaria Day (April 25), Pacific Friends of the Global Fund and RESULTS Australia are hosted an advance screening of Mary and Martha. Directed by Philip Noyce and written by Richard Curtis, Mary and Martha tells the story of two women (Hilary Swank as Mary and Brenda Blethyn as Martha) who have little in common apart from one thing they wish they didn’t.

This powerful film reminds us that although Malaria is a preventable and curable disease, there are still approximately 660,000 people dying from it every year; 86% were children under 5 years of age. In Africa, a child dies from Malaria every minute of every day. There are 3.3 billion people are at risk of the disease. That is half of the entire World’s population. In 2011, there were some 800 malaria-related deaths in Papua New Guinea alone.

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12 April 2013
Guest Contributor

Changing the Course of History With $15 Billion

An article from the Huffington Post 04/09/2013
by Her Excellency, Mrs Joyce Banda – President, Republic of Malawi

My father once told me when I was a young girl that I was destined to do great things. His belief in my abilities and ambition is rooted deeply in the spirit of Malawians;  resilient and determined for a better Malawi and a better Africa.

Joyce Banda - President, Republic of Malawi

Her Excellency, Mrs. Joyce Banda

Today we’re at a cross- roads to test this spirit. For far too long, the scourge of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria has devastated families and communities and slowed the economic growth of Africa. However, significant scientific advances and years of intervention experience have given us the tools we need to defeat these diseases. I believe that international support through critical funds, together with the determination of my compatriots, Malawi can be a model country for meeting global health targets and get on with the business of African driven global economic growth.

Yesterday in Brussels, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced an appeal to government and private sector donors for $15 billion for the next three years. While this appeal represents a substantial financial commitment during these times of economic austerity, it is a historical opportunity. A collective $15 billion commitment to the Global Fund would account for 85 percent of the international funding needed to capitalize on the progress we have made over the past decade and completely control these diseases once and for all. Just a decade ago no one could ever have imagined the finish line being so close.

The staggering progress we have made with the Global Fund and its partners has shown us what is possible for humankind when global solidarity, political will, modern science, and country ownership collide and save millions of lives. Defeating these diseases is a shared responsibility. African countries are doing their utmost to provide human and financial resources for the health of their people. But we need strong support of the Global Fund to succeed.

In 2000, just 50,000 people were receiving antiretroviral therapy in Africa. By 2011, it was 6 million. In Malawi, thanks to international support of Global Fund financed HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs, we are now seeing the first generation of Malawians being born HIV free and a 10 percent overall decline in adult mortality.

But we must make no mistake about it. Our gains will be lost if we do not move forward to defeat these diseases. We can’t stop now. If we do, the long-term human and financial costs will be staggering. Advances made in slowing new HIV, TB and malaria infections will be reversed if proven treatment and prevention efforts stagnate. The consequences of not acting now will result in more devastating losses of life, rather than dramatic increases in life expectancy and quality of life for Africans.

Throughout my career, I have been confronted with people who have doubted my ability to achieve the dreams and ambitions distilled into my soul by my father. Today I am blessed to be the president of a country filled with people who share my desire for a better Malawi and a better Africa, but we cannot do it alone. Today I stand proudly next to the Global Fund, its partners, and my fellow Africans with a promise: a $15 billion commitment to the Global Fund from the international community is an investment that will be quantified by changing the course of history together, and a leap forward towards ending the three pandemics.

20 February 2013
Shawn Clackett

An Optimistic Era for Global Infectious Disease Control

The newly appointed director of the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria believes international health efforts are at the cusp of containing these epidemics.

The newly appointed director of the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria believes international health efforts are at the cusp of containing these epidemics

The following article is by John-Manuel Andriote, republished from The Atlantic

The world has an “historic opportunity” to contain and end three of humanity’s deadliest scourges by focusing on their “hot zones,” according to Mark Dybul, the newly appointed director of the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

“We have this unique moment in history where the science and implementation advances of the last 10 years are at a point where, if we just invest a little more and stick with it, we can contain the epidemics and have the next generation be free of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria,” Dybul told me.

Dybul said that a better understanding of the epidemiology of the diseases makes it clear there aren’t what have been called “generalized” epidemics, even in hard-hit countries, but there are what he called “micro-epidemics.”

For example, although South Africa has more people living with HIV that any other country in the world — the United Nations Joint Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) estimated 5.6 million in 2011 — more than half of them live in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces.

“If we can concentrate in these geographies,” said Dybul, “we can interrupt new transmissions, getting new transmissions down to very low levels. And we can do it in a rapid time frame, effectively containing the epidemic.”

Dybul said today there is “a remarkable series of confluences.” Besides a better scientific understanding of the diseases, new tools offer the opportunities to make a tremendous impact. These include the understanding that antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV is highly effective at lowering viral load in infected individuals, making them far less likely to transmit the virus; pre-exposure prophylaxis — the use of ART to prevent infection in individuals who engage in high-risk sexual behavior; and male circumcision.

Since its formation in 2002, the Global Fund has been the world’s main multilateral funder of global health, channeling about $3 billion annually from its government and other partner organizations to countries most in need. The U.S. government provides approximately one-third of its funding. It provides 82 percent of all international financing for TB, 50 percent for malaria, and 20 percent of international financing for HIV/AIDS.

Dybul, who previously directed the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. government’s global HIV/AIDS program, said the Global Fund represents the leading edge of the new approach to international health and development efforts. He said that while the “old approach” was based on donors and recipients and “a sense that we in the north knew the answers and were just coming to help,” the new approach is a “switch from paternalistic to partnership.” Countries are now expected to assume responsibility for the health and development of their people.

This “paradigm shift” — first modeled in the PEPFAR program — also focuses on delivering measurable results, such as how much mortality has declined and how many new infections have been averted. Dybul said there is also a new recognition that “everyone needs to be in the game,” that the traditional country-to-country approach wasn’t effective. Not only governments, but civil society, faith-based groups that in Africa provide substantial levels of health care, even businesses, need to be engaged.

Dybul said a fourth cornerstone of the new paradigm is an intolerance of corruption. “All countries, not just those we support, have to have zero tolerance for money-shifting,” he said.

At this point, said Dybul, “We can either seize this moment and save countless lives and billions of dollars down the road by containing these epidemics, or we can tell our grandchildren why we didn’t when we had the chance.”

24 January 2013
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

Bob Carr and Australia back The Big Push

@bobjcarr: #TheBigPush – to banish AIDS, TB, malaria. And Australia backs it. #Davos

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