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Global Health Fund Receives $750M Cash Injection

Bill and Melinda Gates (2011 file photo)
Bill and Melinda Gates (2011 file photo)

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, which is credited with saving millions of lives, is slated to get $750 million to continue its work.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation renewed its commitment to the fund on Thursday during an annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates predicted the money will have a dramatic impact.

"It's a commitment of an additional $750 million.  And the way we're doing that, it frees up funds for Global Fund and so they can immediately use the money and continue to save lives, whether it's bed nets or TB treatment.  Those are two diseases that don't get perhaps the visibility of the work done on HIV, but they're every bit as important."

The Global Fund says its strategy has saved the lives of more than 6.5 million people around the world.  It predicts the programs it supports will save more than one million additional lives this year.

The global fund was formed 10 years ago and has been used to help citizens, scientists and governments discover new and innovative ways to fight the diseases.

The fund says nearly half of all people receiving HIV treatment in low and middle-income countries receive its support.  It also says 65 percent of all malaria treatments and nearly 85 percent of all tuberculosis treatments are provided by programs that it supports.

Global health organizations say the highest number of AIDS and malaria cases are in sub-Saharan Africa, and the continent also has one of the world's highest tuberculosis-related death rates.

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