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Tuesday in Geneva the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria announced it has provided 90,000 more people with HIV treatment in the first six months of this year, bringing the total number of HIV/AIDS patients the fund treats up to 220,000. This 70% increase put the fund ahead of its midyear targets. The Global Fund said it hopes to provide treatment to 400,000 people by year's end and to 1.6 million people by 2010.
Since its 2001 launch, the Global Fund has disbursed $1.4 billion for more than 300 programs in 127 countries. Over half the fund's allocations go to fight HIV, while 31% is spent on malaria, and 13% on TB. (AP)