Norway’s global anti-infectious disease funding reaches US$279 million

The Norwegian government contributes almost USD 279 million to international organization Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The three-year NOK 1.7 billion allocation to the international organization between 2014 and 2016 is an increase of over 25% on 2011-13.globalfund

“A growing number of people are receiving treatment for these diseases, fewer people are dying from them, and the incidence of new infections is falling,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in a statement, Tuesday.

“Yet, it is crucial that we don’t forget how serious these diseases continue to affect people’s lives and communities,” he added.

Six million people are receiving treatments for HIV/AIDS through programs funded by the Global Fund.

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 30 percent since the peak year in 2005.

The organization also states that according to the UN around 1.1 million deaths from malaria were prevented, between 2000 and 2010.

Numbers of people infected with tuberculosis is declining as more are receiving treatment for the disease.

“Long-term, predictable support is vital for succeeding in the fight against these diseases,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Brende.

“Lack of funding will have serious consequences, such as a rising incidence of new infections.”

There are currently 35 million people living with HIV. 1.6 million persons die from AIDS annually.

UNAIDS reported there has been a 13 per cent increase in HIV infections in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the last since 7 years.

A doubling of HIV infections has occurred in the Middle East and North Africa since 2001.

“Every person counts,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “If we are going to keep our pledge of leaving no one behind—we have to make sure HIV services reach everyone in need.”

Tuberculosis affects 1.4 million lives every year and malaria is still one of the main causes of fatalities in developing countries.

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