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19 May 2016
Shawn Clackett

See how far the world’s come in the Fight to #EndMalaria

16 March 2016
Shawn Clackett

PEPFAR: Is 90-90-90 Magical Thinking?

The Lancet
By Scott Barnhart
March 2016

The world is too complicated for disease-specific approaches to health, as the ravages of Ebola in weak health systems have shown. A health-system strengthening approach will ensure that, especially in times of austerity, there are local institutions and infrastructure in place to provide care for all.

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The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 3.0 has embarked on an important refocusing to achieve epidemic control through 90-90-90 (90% of HIV-positive individuals knowing their status, 90% of those receiving antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of those achieving viral suppression).1 and 2 Despite good intentions, the implementation is creating health-system disruption. For example, in Zimbabwe, a voluntary medical male circumcision programme will now serve ten instead of 21 districts. Ambassador Birx, referring to these programme cuts as “efficiencies”, touted that funds will be freed up “for the greatest impact.3” Although this might optimise impact in areas of the highest HIV/AIDS burden, medical sites are being triaged, with patients losing services and investments being wasted. Concentration on fewer districts also leads to poaching of health workers from already understaffed sites elsewhere.

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27 September 2013
Shawn Clackett

Longer strides towards the right direction as the UK contributes £1bn to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria

Post by Friends of the Global Fund Africa
23 September 2013

Dr Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba, CEO, Friends Africa

Dr Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba, CEO, Friends Africa

NIGERIA – The UK Department for International Development (DFID) today announced £1bn as its commitment to The Global Fund for the next three years (2014-2016) to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria. The pledge which will be committed to the fund is set to save “a life every three minutes”.

Present at the panel when this announcement was made was Friends Africa Board Member Madam Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a strong advocate for the Global Fund in Nigeria, who congratulated the UK for such a commitment and encouraged more countries especially African countries to be a part of this wind of change as we are very close to the eradication of these pandemics from the continent. Stating in a recent post by the guardian UK she said that ‘sustained funding is vital to an initiative that has saved 9 million lives and helped to put AIDS, TB, and Malaria on the back foot as this is a merely a reflection of what more the Global Fund can achieve when it is fully funded’.

Justine Greening, Secretary of International Development, stated after the announcement at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York that ‘fighting preventable disease was in all our interest as AIDS, TB and Malaria are among the world’s biggest killers despite being entirely preventable and treatable.

Also sharing her perspective on the recent announcement was Dr Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba, CEO, Friends Africa who said “that now is the perfect time for more African countries to be galvanized into action and take responsibility for the health of their countries. More research based roadmaps should be developed and structures put in place to ensure that the funds when received are put to good use and the eradication of these pandemics are sped up by African institutions’. She highlighted that based on the impact sheet recently released by the Global Fund it is clear that remarkable progress have been made against AIDS, TB & Malaria.

The impact sheet shows that the Global Fund has supported antiretroviral treatment for 5.3 million people and 40% of countries supported by the Global Fund are on track to achieve universal treatment coverage. There has been 99% decrease in the cost of HIV treatment, 40% fewer deaths from TB and an increased bed net coverage from 3% to 53%. What better way to achieve growth through aid.

The Executive Director of the Global Fund, Mark Dybul stated that ‘the UK has shown strong leadership that inspires all. This remarkable long-term vision with this commitment to the Global Fund for 2014-2016 can allow people in any countries –from presidents to community organizations to health workers – to transform their countries by fighting HIV, TB, and Malaria’. He stated that The Global Fund is privileged to support their efforts to build health systems that will thrive and grow and that together, with all our partners, we know that there is no better investment than health.

We remain at a tipping point, a critical moment when these pandemics can be written in the pages of history as challenges that was once faced by mankind. Africa desires to look back and say these diseases were brought to ZERO in our generation-hence we must seize the moment, as that moment of change is NOW.

7 August 2013
Shawn Clackett

New Global Fund Video: Defeating AIDS, TB and Malaria

As the Global Fund seeks new funding for the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, Charlize Theron, Bono, Bill Gates, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and others call on world leaders to be the generation to defeat the three pandemics. “The moment is right now,” says Charlize Theron, speaking of the critical turning point of progress through science, dropping infection rates and expanded efforts to prevent and treat the three pandemics.

What do you want our generations to be remembered for?

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