Although usually treatable with a course of inexpensive drugs ($22–50), TB kills 1.4 million people every year, making it the most deadly curable infectious disease in the world. One-third of the global population carries the bacterium that causes TB, and nearly 9 million will become sick with active TB in a year. TB continues to be the biggest killer of people with HIV, taking one in four lives of those who die of AIDS-related causes.
When TB is treated improperly or inconsistently, the disease develops resistance to the limited number of effective drugs available. Though overall TB death rates have dropped by 41 percent since 1990, hard-to-treat drug-resistant TB is surging because of poor or incomplete treatment. And those with active drug-resistant TB transmit the drug-resistant TB strain to others.
On January 28, 2012, the world marks the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the most successful global health effort in history — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Nearly eight million lives have been saved through Global Fund investments to-date, and even greater progress is on the horizon, thanks to recent scientific breakthroughs and the achievements of the last decade.
Against the backdrop of success and future promise, however, the Global Fund’s mission is in jeopardy. During the economic downturn that may only now be coming to an end, a number of wealthy countries either cut their pledges to the Global Fund or have failed to deliver the money they promised. Without the necessary resources in hand, the Global Fund was forced to announce on November 23, 2011 — a mere week before World AIDS Day — that it was cancelling its next round of grant-making (Round 11) and would stop making new grants for at least two years.
To understand just how damaging and ironic this stoppage is, we must go back in time a decade to the Global Fund’s creation.
A global conversation is beginning about the possibility of the end of AIDS. December 1, World AIDS Day, is the ideal time for RESULTS advocates to help deepen the conversation through our latest editorial packet.
Back to School Time — But Not If You’re a Girl in Mali
There are 34.7 million elementary school children in the U.S. getting ready to go back to school in August and September. But around the world, the reality is that nearly double that number — 67 million — won’t go to school at all; the majority of these children are girls. Unless more effective policies are implemented and there is greater international support, 72 million children may still be out of school by 2015 — more than in 2008. Millions more will receive a poor-quality education and not be able to read, write, or count. We must do our part to ensure the poorest and hardest-to-reach children — especially girls — can go to school and learn.
* On August 24, 2011, the Fast Track Initiative (FTI) officially changed its name to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The change will be announced on September 21 at the UN General Assembly.
 National Center for Education Statistics. http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=65
Thanks to two new vaccines that can provide immunity from pneumococcal disease (the main cause of pneumonia) and rotavirus (the leading cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea), we have the opportunity to prevent the deaths of 4.2 million children worldwide by 2015. Getting those vaccinations to the children who need them, however, will require a U.S. contribution of at least $450 million over the next 3 years to the GAVI Alliance, a global partnership to improve access to new and underused vaccines.
We’ve been receiving some great media from the U.S. and around the world in step with RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter’s Huffington Post article “Cuts That Kill,” calling for Congress not to cut essential foreign aid spending. See the editorial packet (pdf).
As we approach this World AIDS Day on December 1, our country is politically divided. Economic crisis, disagreement on policies, electoral politics, and historic distrust have pitted the two major parties against one another. A survey of the post-election commentary shows each party paying lip service to bipartisanship, but few concrete proposals for cooperation have yet emerged. Recommitting the United States to a leadership role in global health is an issue that is ripe for such cooperation across the aisle.
In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly last September, President Obama declared, “We will support the Millennium Development Goals, and approach next year's summit with a global plan to make them a reality.” As the time approaches to present that plan, a substantial, multi-year pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is essential for achieving the 2015 MDGs related to global health. To continue the work of life-saving programs and to accelerate the progress against these killer diseases, the United States must commit to contributing $6 billion to the Global Fund over a three-year period beginning in 2012. Download the full document here in MS Word.
What do a banker to the poor, a former president, and a religious leader have in common? They are among the first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama — and they have all called for the creation of a Global Fund for Education.
Press brief detailing why it is critical that President Obama lead the charge for primary education worldwide.
Impoverished people in developing countries share no blame in the current financial crisis, but they are the ones who could bear the consequences perhaps with their lives — of mistakes made by Wall Street investors.
President-elect Obama must ensure that the five-year, $48 billion Lantos-Hyde Act that he helped pass as a senator this summer is fully funded, allowing the reauthorization of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as programs for TB and malaria.
Providing assistance to poor countries has helped the U.S. build positive relationships with other nations and demonstrates the best aspects of U.S. engagement on the world stage. When invested wisely, foreign aid both reflects American values of compassion and justice and serves our national interest in a stable, peaceful world.
President Bush has signed the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 into law. This is an historic global health bill, authorizing an unprecedented $48 billion to fight three of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases.
While great strides have been made against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria over the last five years, more than 5 million people continue to perish from these diseases annually. The Lantos-Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 sets bold targets and authorizes America's share of the resources needed to turn back these infectious killers.
When President Bush traveled to Africa, he noted the progress made against AIDS, thanks in no small part to the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of the Bush administration, the resources provided by PEPFAR have undoubtedly saved millions of lives around the world. But now that PEPFAR is being considered for reauthorization, the greatest bipartisan effort in recent years has run into an unfortunate congressional roadblock.
The most important global health legislation in U.S. history doesn't need more votes. It needs more leadership.
During his recent trip to Africa, President Bush noted the progress made against AIDS, thanks in no small part to the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The emergence of drug-resistant tuberculosis, however, threatens to undermine that progress.
For mothers in the world's poorest nations, losing a child is an all too common occurrence.
Access to education is generally considered to be a fundamental right. But for millions of children around the world, even a basic education is unattainable.
During his week-long trip to Africa, President Bush noted the progress made against AIDS in that region, thanks in no small part to the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The emergence of drug-resistant tuberculosis, however, threatens to undermine that progress.
People living with HIV/AIDS are much more susceptible to TB, and without effective diagnosis and treatment of drug resistant strains, TB becomes a rapid death sentence.
Whether poverty occurs in the slums of Nairobi or the foothills of Appalachia, it can be easier to turn away, and think that the problems are too big, too complex, for any one person to make a difference. The citizen volunteers and partners of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund know that this is not true.
UNICEF's The State of the World's Children 2008 report returns to the topic of child survival. The report documents the tremendous progress in children's health in recent decades, highlights the strategies and partnerships that have proven most effective, and outlines the challenges that remain.
Loud emergencies like the post-election violence in Kenya obscure the fact that in the very same slums, in times of relative calm, the quiet emergency of global poverty is being addressed with ladders to climb out of poverty, something that safety nets rarely provide. That's a message World Bank President Robert Zoellick needs to hear when members of Congress meet with him in early 2008 and urge him to get more microloans to the very poor around the world.