WHO, Global Fund sign cooperation agreement to scale up HIV, TB, Malaria interventions

Sunday 04/07/2021 09:00

VGP - The World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria signed a cooperation and financing agreement to implement 10 strategic initiatives to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics and strengthen systems for health.

This new agreement, which will cover the 2021-2023 implementation period, aims to address some of the persistent challenges that impede progress against the three diseases and protect hard-won gains from new pandemics like COVID-19.

In 2019, a total of 1.4 million people died from tuberculosis and an estimated 409,000 people died from malaria. In 2020, 690,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses.

WHO and the Global Fund have a long and successful partnership working together to scale up HIV, TB and malaria interventions and strengthen health systems in many countries. Through focused efforts and catalytic investments, this collaboration has contributed to significantly reduce the disease burdens of HIV, TB and malaria worldwide, saving millions of lives since 2002.

This agreement supports countries to develop more effective responses to the HIV, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics and build the resilient health systems they need to reach the most vulnerable, said Dr Mubashar Sheikh, Director, Deputy Director-General’s Office, WHO.

This new agreement will help overcome the multiple challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, safeguard and expand HIV, TB and malaria programs, highlighted Michael Byrne, Head of Technical Advice and Partnerships at the Global Fund.

HIV/AIDS has been continuously controlled in Viet Nam, witnessing the 12th successive year of reductions in the numbers of new HIV carriers, HIV carriers developing full-blown AIDS and AIDS-related deaths.

As of June 2020, Viet Nam detected around 250,000 HIV carriers, including 100,000 fatalities, in all provinces and cities, official statistics show.

The country records 10,000 new HIV carriers annually, in which infection rate among drug addicts remains high, above 10%.

By Hoang Ha

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