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Tag: Global Fund to Fight Aids


HEALTH: Hope on the horizon in fighting malaria

Re: “Potential to put end to malaria needs big push” (Michael Gerson column, 8-14).

“A baby dies every 60 seconds from malaria” is a startling statement. Thus the possibility of a malaria vaccine is good news indeed.

Gerson writes about the problem of getting the vaccine to the people who need it in the poorer parts of the world. Enter the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It is the answer to dispensing this and other vaccines and medicines.

The Global Fund calls for and funds grants from local governments and nonprofits on the ground where treatment is

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AIDS: AIDS-free generation is possible

Re: “WHO: Treat people with HIV early to stop spread” (TNT, 7-1).

Saving money and saving lives is always a great idea. When it comes to the AIDS virus, this means millions of lives and billions of dollars.

Though costing an initial 10 percent more to get the medicine early, the World Health Organization is recommending this protocol. This is the next step to the AIDS-free generation that President Obama and others say is possible.

One of the most successful ways to get the medicine to the people who need it is provided by the Global Fund to Fight

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AIDS: We’re making inroads against AIDS, TB

The article regarding that Mississippi baby born with HIV but subsequently appearing cured is certainly exciting news (TNT, 3-5). Prevention, of course, is a tool we already have.

The most cost-effective HIV preventions are mother-to-child transmission intervention and male circumcision. Globally, one in every seven HIV infections occur when a mother passes the virus on to her child.

We know that early AIDS treatment reduces the occurrence of tuberculosis infection by 84 percent. This is critical, since TB is the biggest killer of people with HIV.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has accomplished amazing inroads

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AID: US assistance abroad pays off for us here

With the U.S. government scrambling to pay its bills, we desperately need to make responsible decisions. Many people actually believe that our foreign aid is 20 percent or more of our federal budget. In fact it is actually less than .5 percent. Less than one half of one percent of our federal budget goes to international development assistance! In 1965 it was 2.75 percent.

Microfinance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; and the Global Partnership for Education have empowered millions of women and their families to work their way out of extreme poverty through tiny loans, enabled

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