By Chioma Obinna
The newly appointed Executive Direrctor Global Fund – Mark Dybul has taken charge with a pledge to accelerate efforts to defeat the three highly infectious diseases – AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis by working closely with partners.
Outlining an ambitious and energetic agenda for the year, Dybuln said: The Global Fund will launch a new funding model in February, allowing the Global Fund to invest more strategically, engage implementers and partners more effectively and achieve greater impact in a way that improves the health and the lives of women and men and children all over the world.
He added that he plans to work hard to spread the word on why investing in the fight is so important, “why preventing and treating infectious diseases are so critical, and why the partnership of the Global Fund offers tremendous value for money. In 2013, the Global Fund will appeal to governments and other donors for financial resources needed for programmes from 2014 to 2016”.
Stating that a big push was needed, Dybul “With funding, we can defeat AIDS, TB and malaria” said: “Science has given us the tools to alter the trajectory, and then completely control these three terrible diseases. But science will only take us so far. We need the funding to support programs that enable health workers to reach the women and men and children who need treatment. We know how to do it. But we have to work together.”
Global Fund investments have contributed to dramatic declines in deaths and infections from the three epidemics. HIV transmission rates are falling in nearly every region, and where treatment is available, the death rate is also falling. TB mortality has fallen by more than a third since the 1990s. Insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria have been made broadly available in affected regions, nearing universal access in many countries in Africa.