Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Global Good the U.S. Must Lead on Fighting Disease

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Global Good the U.S. Must Lead on Fighting Disease

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The world's largest funding source for fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria needs $15 billion over the next three years to control these pandemics. Investment in the Global Fund will save not only millions of lives, but also tens of billions of dollars in treatment costs.

At a meeting Tuesday Dec. 3 in Washington, the Global Fund will ask for pledges totaling $15 million over the next three years, to save 6 million lives with vaccines and low-cost treatment and prevention.

Since its founding in 2002, the Global Fund has saved 8 million lives, but the fight against these diseases has reached a tipping point. With recent advances in science, medicine and data collection, the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria can become, by 2016, a manageable health problem.

But that can happen only with U.S. leadership. Historically, the United States has chipped in one-third of the Global Fund's resources, which then leverage commitments from other donor nations and private sources, such as the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Japan and the Gates Foundation. …

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