The Global Fund

The Global Fund is credited with saving countless lives from the three deadliest communicable diseases—HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

The Global Fund was created in January 2002 to respond to the formidable challenges presented by these diseases and their associated costs. The need for such a fund was raised at the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit, hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori in 2000, and took shape at the OAU (Organization of African Unity) Meeting in Abuja, the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on AIDS, and the Genoa Summit.

The Global Fund operates as a financial instrument, not an implementing entity. It attracts, manages, and disburses resources to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. It raises funds from both governmental and nongovernmental sources, and it works with governments, UN organizations, NGOs, researchers, corporations, affected communities, and other partners to direct resources toward prevention, treatment, and care. Every year, it contributes close to US$4 billion to programs in more than 100 countries around the world.

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