Willie Dickerson's letter "Thanks to Tishaura" notes that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has saved 27 million lives since its creation in 2002. The Global Fund is a multilateral body which invests nearly $4 billion a year in supporting programs to combat these three deadly diseases. These programs, 65 percent of which are in Sub-Saharan Africa, are run by local experts, including representatives of those whose lives are impacted by these illnesses.
The results have been dramatic. Since its peak in 2005, the number of AIDS-related deaths has been cut in half, from 1.8 million to under 1 million in 2017, and 17.5 million people are now on antiretroviral therapy for HIV. TB deaths have dropped 37 percent since 2006, and 5 million TB patients were in treatment in 2017. Global malaria rates have been reduced by 60 percent since 2000, and 197,000 million mosquito nets were distributed in 2017.
The Global Fund receives 95 percent of its funding from donor nations. It is critical that we tell our congressional leaders to continue the U.S. government's financial support for the life-saving work of the Global Fund.