biggest fund for the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and
malaria said Tuesday it has significantly expanded its
programs over the past year. The Global Fund, which is
financed by government and private donations, said it
has committed grants totaling $7.6 billion and now
provides disease-fighting help to tens of millions of people
in 136 countries.
The money has so
far given 450 grants worth $3.5 billion to provide 30
million nets to ward off malaria-carrying mosquitoes; drugs
against tuberculosis for 2.8 million people; and
antiretroviral medicines for more than 1 million
HIV-sufferers. The figures are about twice as high as
a year ago.
According to the
fund's own calculations, all the programs combined have
saved the lives of more than 1.8 million people since 2002,
when the Geneva-based organization began its work
following an agreement by the G-8 group of leading
industrial nations at their summits in Okinawa, Japan,
in 2000 and Genoa, Italy, in 2001.
The Global Fund
said it has set a target of tripling its annual income to
at least $6 billion per year by 2010. (AP)