UK set to fight AIDS, TB and malaria with Global Fund
The UK has promised to fight some of the most widespread diseases, including AIDS, TB and malaria. The UK will now save one life every three minutes, with the help of a big new aid commitment to battle some of the world’s most disastrous preventable illnesses.
Over the next three years, more than £1 billion will be invested in the global health initiatives, via the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Malaria and TB. The latest pledge made by the country makes the UK the second largest donor, after the United States. The international development secretary, Justine Greening, said that fighting preventable illnesses is beneficial to everyone.
In the next three years, the UK will be delivering lifesaving antiretroviral treatment to another 750,000 people who are living with HIV. Moreover, 32 million more mosquito nets treated with insecticide will help in preventing the transmission of malaria and more than a million people with TB will be treated as well. It has been estimated by the Department for International Development that the new UK funding commitment will save 590,400 lives between 2014 and 2016, or one life every three minutes.
The largest and most important financer of the program is the Global Fund, which helps to treat and care for people with HIV, AIDS, malaria and TB.
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