You may not have heard of the Global Fund for AIDS Malaria and Tuberculosis, but for 5.7 million people since 2002, it has meant the difference between life and death.
The Global Fund is a partnership between governments and the private sector, pooling collective resources for the fight against the world’s three most deadly communicable diseases. Since its launch seven years ago, the Global Fund has committed over $19.3 billion in 144 countries. That equals over two-thirds of all international financing to fight Malaria and TB and is funding treatment for half of all AIDS patients in the developing world.
There is good news
Behind these statistics are millions of personal stories of triumph. These stories have been largely untold—until now. A groundbreaking documentary narrated by renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall will premiere at a special screening event at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. on September 16. The film, “A New Picture of Health,” shows how individuals and families have harnessed resources from the Global Fund to overcome disease and build healthier and more prosperous communities.
“‘A New Picture of Health’ illustrates how investments in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria are empowering local communities, strengthening health systems, and creating healthier, more productive sectors of society,” says Jane Goodall, who is also a UN Messenger of peace. “These are intimately linked to global conservation and security.”
A critical time
The film debuts at an important moment. In September, heads of state will gather at the United Nations to renew their commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the Global Fund is central to reaching the MDGs. “I’ve been working in Africa for 50 years now, and have seen firsthand the impact of disease on communities,” says Goodall. “The Global Fund is playing a critical role in achieving the health Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.”
The U.S. Government is the Global Fund’s largest donor. If we are serious about our commitment to fighting these diseases, we need to continue our support as the Fund faces a replenishment need between $13 and $20 billion over the next three years. For every $1 the U.S. provides to the Global Fund, more than $3 is distributed on the ground to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund’s success, particularly in saving the lives of women and children, is in large part due to U.S. investment.
But don’t take my word for it. Watch this trailer of “The New Picture of Health” for a glimpse of how the Global Fund is improving communities all around the world.