Global Fund Commitments Show the World’s Dedication to an AIDS-free Future

Statement of Charles Lyons, President and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

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Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) December 04, 2013

“The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) commends the many nations, private organizations, and individuals who committed to supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund) during Tuesday’s replenishment conference in Washington, D.C.

“We are at a historic moment in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria. The $12 billion pledged by partners will allow for much-needed scale-up of proven and effective lifesaving programs, ensuring that we fully capitalize on the results achieved to date and make even more dramatic gains over the next three years. These pledges are also a promise to the millions of people living with HIV, TB, and malaria that the world remains united in its commitment to defeat these devastating diseases.

“The Global Fund has been a leader in pushing to scale up programs that prevent and treat HIV infection. In many of the countries where EGPAF works, the Global Fund supports the purchase of antiretroviral medications used in EGPAF-supported clinics to prevent and treat pediatric and adult HIV infections— to keep keeping women, children, and families affected by HIV healthy and alive.    

“While the replenishment meeting resulted in an unprecedented level of funding commitments—almost $3 billion more than the $9.2 billion pledged at the last replenishment meeting in 2010 — and as President Obama stated in his remarks on Monday, efforts must continue in order to reach the $15 billion pledging goal and to ensure that funding committed to the Global Fund by the United States does not end up left on the table.

“EGPAF once again thanks those who stepped up to the plate to support the Global Fund. We look forward to working with the Global Fund and other partners to fight HIV, TB, and malaria and to end pediatric AIDS.”

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About the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

EGPAF is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS and has reached more than 17 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. It currently supports more than 6,800 sites in 15 countries to implement prevention, care, and treatment services; to further advance innovative research; and to execute global advocacy activities that bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.pedaids.org.


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