The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that the two programs are jointly supporting antiretroviral treatment for nearly 3.7 million of the estimated 4 million individuals in low- and middle-income countries who currently receive treatment globally. Of these, approximately 1.3 million people receive treatment supported through both PEPFAR’s bilateral programs and the Global Fund. These numbers reflect the strong country-level partnership between PEPFAR and the Global Fund.
Under PEPFAR, the U.S. Government has committed approximately $25 billion to the fight against global HIV/AIDS, including contributions to the Global Fund. The U.S. Government is the first and largest donor to the Fund, contributing $3.5 billion to date, with additional pledges that will bring the total U.S. Government contribution to $4.5 billion.
Through its partnerships with more than 30 countries, as of September 30, 2009, PEPFAR directly supported life-saving antiretroviral treatment for over 2.4 million men, women and children. In FY 2009 alone, PEPFAR directly supported more than 11 million people with care and support programs. Throughout its history, PEPFAR’s efforts around prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs allowed nearly 340,000 babies of HIV-positive mothers to be born HIV-free. More than 4 million orphans and vulnerable children have been assisted by the program.
With US$ 9.3 billion disbursed to more than 550 programs so far, the Global Fund currently distributes a quarter of all international financing for AIDS globally, as well as two-thirds for TB and malaria. The Global Fund is a unique global public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the dominant funding vehicle for programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with approved funding of US$ 18.7 billion for more than 600 programs in 144 countries. To date, the Global Fund has supported treatment for 2.5 million people worldwide. In addition, programs supported through the Global Fund have saved 4.3 million lives through providing AIDS treatment for 2.5 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 6 million people and the distribution of 104 million insecticide-treated bed nets for the prevention of malaria.