Hello from Friends! Here is a quick look at what's new in our work to fight AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in the age of COVID-19.
Reflecting on 2021: Fighting Back and Delivering Despite COVID-19
The Global Fund partnership had a busy year in 2021, adapting its lifesaving programs to address setbacks brought on by COVID-19. Below are some milestones from the past year:

  • Results report details the devastating impact of COVID-19 on HIV, TB and malaria programs, 44 million lives saved

Dr. Tom Frieden: Why the Global Fund Must
Take on Pandemic Preparedness (Devex)
In a recently published op-ed, Dr. Tom Frieden 
& Marine Buissonniere of Resolve to Save Lives argue why the Global Fund should play a bigger role in pandemic preparedness. Frieden and Buissonniere reference Friends' issue brief as a resource to guide readers on the Global Fund's current and potential role in pandemic preparedness and response.

"The Global Fund’s crosscutting investments in AIDS, TB, and malaria initiatives have contributed to the broader objective of advancing health security."
In South Africa Success Against HIV Offers
Hope for Beating Back Another Virus
The New York Times reports on the progress made in the past twenty years fighting HIV, highlighting how the historical progress on HIV can be a pathway for future progress on COVID-19.

  • "Almost two decades later, the fruits of what HIV activists fought for were vividly on display, and a reminder — useful at this moment as another COVID19 wave makes this pandemic seem unending — of how much is possible... We know how to do this."

A great companion resource for this article is our latest issue brief on HIV which explores how six countries leveraged their HIV infrastructure to respond to COVID-19.
COVID-19’s Devastating Effect on Tuberculosis Care — A Path to Recovery
The New England Journal of Medicine analyzed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global fight to end TB. The report reviews the devastating data shared by the 2021 WHO Tuberculosis report and outlines a path to regain ground lost during the pandemic.
UPDATE: The Global Fund's Response to COVID-19
With U.S. and other donor support, the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism is strengthening national COVID-19 responses while protecting life-saving AIDS, TB and malaria programs.
Nigeria has received $222 million from the Global Fund's COVID-19 response since 2020 helping the country increase the number of laboratories that test for COVID-19 from 4 to more than 105 public and private facilities.
How COVID-19 is Affecting AIDS, TB and Malaria
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on the most vulnerable communities worldwide and threatens progress on HIV, TB, malaria, vaccination and other areas of health.
AIDS: Immune-compromised A Key Target for Vaccination Africa CDC Says (Bloomberg)
Tuberculosis: Epidemic ‘Could Flare in Near Future’ (SciDevNet)
Malaria: Malaria Elimination and Achieving SDG 3 by 2030 Amidst COVID-19 (The Economic Times)
We're tracking the intersection of COVID-19 and AIDS, TB and malaria. See regular updates on our website.
Global Health News
  • The Approval of Long-acting Injectable Cabotegravir as a Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention (UNAIDS)

  • Two Years of COVID-19 in Africa: Lessons for the World (Nature)

  • Bill Gates’s Lofty Goal for 2022: Ensuring ‘that COVID-19 is the Last Pandemic’ (CNBC)
Be sure to check www.theglobalfight.org for the latest. Thanks for your support.
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