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Covid-19 jeopardizes efforts against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (report)

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The Covid-19 pandemic could wipe out the progress made in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, warns the new report from the Global Fund intended for these three pathologies, made public on Monday, 14 September 2020.

Since its inception in 2002, the Global Fund partnership has saved thirty-eight million lives since 2002, including six million in 2019, a twenty percent increase in the number of lives saved from the previous year.

This remarkable advance is due to greater efficiency in the delivery of health services, the success in identifying and treating more people with essential medicines, and the cost savings achieved on health products. and enhanced collaboration among members of the Global Fund partnership, the report said.

The latter is also pleased that in countries where the Global Fund invests, the annual number of deaths linked to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria has halved since the peak of epidemics.

However, this progress could be wiped out by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the document warns, warning of a possible dramatic increase in the number of deaths and infections linked to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the twelve next months.

From there, the Global Fund calls for urgent action and investment to save decades of progress against these three diseases.

 “Our report on the results proves that a united international community, founded on the strong commitment of the populations concerned, can work together and reduce diseases. We have made extraordinary progress, but COVID-19 today threatens to undo the gains we have all worked so hard for. We cannot allow it, we have to unite and fight,” said Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands, quoted in the report.

If the Global Fund is calling for urgent action, it is because local evidence shows that the number of HIV tests has halved and TB case notifications have dropped by seventy-five percent. This could lead to an increase in new infections, as people who do not know their status are likely to pass the virus on to others.

In addition, the document notes, many countries have been forced to postpone their bed net distribution campaigns, leaving those particularly vulnerable to malaria, most of them children.

– APA

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