Global Fund needs U.S. pledge to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria

 

Deadly diseases

On Dec. 3, world leaders will meet in Washington, D.C., to decide whether we constrain three of the world’s deadliest diseases or allow them to continue spreading.

At this conference, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is seeking $15 billion to save 10 million lives.

This isn’t the time to take our eye off the ball. There is a clear choice: Invest in a plan to end these epidemics or pass on a historic opportunity to tackle two ancient killers — malaria and TB — and the modern plague of HIV/AIDS.

Since its establishment in 2002, the Global Fund has helped 5.3 million people receive anti-retroviral therapy; detect and treat 11 million cases of TB and distribute 340 million insecticide-treated bed nets.

The United States has taken leadership by committing to host the conference. But to ensure its success, the United States must pledge $5 billion to the Global Fund over the next three years so other nations feel compelled to pledge substantial amounts.

Linda Horkitz, Miami Beach

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