COVID-19 Impacted HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria Care in 2020
This 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Global Fund for the response to AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, an organization for mobilizing economic resources to end HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria on the planet.
Each year, the Global Fund mobilizes some $4 billion to fund programs operated by local experts in more than 100 countries. But this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has registered negative results in some of its objectives for the first time in its history .
It should be remembered that before SARS-CoV-2, tuberculosis was the most lethal infectious disease in the world, in addition to being closely related to HIV, as it is the leading cause of death among people with this virus in the world.
According to its 2021 Results Report, the Global Fund recorded that the number of people in treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis decreased by 19% during 2020, and the number of those in treatment for broadly resistant tuberculosis fell even more, by 37%. At the same time, the number of people with HIV and TB taking treatments for both infections fell by 16%.
Resources Allocated to the Emergency
Faced with the global emergency derived from COVID-19, the Global Fund allocated $980 million to respond to the new pandemic. As stated by the agency, in 2020 it reacted “quickly and decisively” to prevent the negative impact on its objectives from being greater.
Thus, in addition to the 4.2 billion dollars with which the year began, the fund was mobilized to deliver another 3.3 billion in 100 countries to adapt HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria programs that provide essential tests, medical supplies, and treatment. as well as to protect front-line workers and try to strengthen the most fragile health systems.
There is Also Good News
Despite the enormous challenge of 2020, the Global Fund’s investments also paid off, including an 8.8% increase in the number of people receiving antiretroviral treatment and the 8.7 million people who accessed HIV prevention services.
“Together we have managed to change the trajectory of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria,” said the agency’s executive director, Peter Sands, “and we are determined to continue to do so. By continuing to innovate and collaborate – nationally, globally, and locally – we can end HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, defeat COVID-19 and build a much stronger foundation for pandemic preparedness and response. “
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