Sep 20, 2021

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Covid has ‘devastating’ impact on fight against HIV, TB, malaria: Global Fund

“To mark our 20th anniversary, we had hoped to focus this year’s report on the extraordinary stories of courage and resilience that have enabled the advances we have made against HIV, TB and malaria over the past two decades” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund.

“But the 2020 numbers force a different focus. They confirm what we feared when Covid-19 struck,” he said.

“The impact of Covid-19 on the fight against HIV, TB and malaria and the communities we support has been devastating. For the first time in the history of the Global Fund, key programmatic outcomes have declined.” p>

There have been “significant” declines in HIV testing and prevention services, according to the fund.

Compared to 2019, the number of people reached with HIV prevention and treatment decreased , last year by 11%, um rend HIV tests fell 22 percent, holding back new treatments in most countries.

Still, the number of patients who received treatment for life-saving antiretroviral therapy for HIV is 8.8 percent in 2020 to 21.9 million “despite Covid-19”.

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the global fight against tuberculosis were similarly “catastrophic”, the report says.

< The number of people treated for drug-resistant TB in the countries the Global Fund invests in fell by an "astonishing" 19 percent, with those treated for largely drug-resistant TB an even larger decrease of 37 percent, it said.

The fund calculated that around 4.7 million people were treated for TB in 2020, around one million fewer than in 2019.

Malaria control interventions “seems to be less affected by Covid-19 than the other two diseases, “says the report.

” Thanks to the adaptation measures and the care and innovation of the community health workers, prevention activities have remained stable or increased compared to 2019. “

< p> The number of mosquito nets distributed rose by 17% to 188 million and structures covered by interior residue spray increased by three percent.

Nevertheless, the Global Fund – the governments, multilateral agencies, bilateral partners, bringing together civil society groups and people affected by diseases and the private sector – said its “quick and determined response to Covid-19 prevented an even worse outcome”.

In 2020, the Fund paid 4, $ 2 billion out to fight HIV, TB and malaria and approved an additional $ 980 million in funding to respond to Covid-19.

The Global Fund said it has been its establishment in Saved 44 million lives and increased deaths from AIDS in 2002, tuberculosis and malaria decreased 46% in investing countries.