Smart Investments: Building on Success
On World AIDS Day, we pay tribute to the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide and continue to spread the word that in spite of much success, too many lives are still being devastated by this deadly disease. Our task looms large, but our message is simple: We have a shared responsibility to build on the success achieved to date by making smart investments that will ultimately save more lives.
Useful facts about ONE and PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for
- American Leadership to fight extreme poverty and disease, supported by Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, has helped save millions of lives from HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases
- Programs like PEPFAR and the Global Fund fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, have contributed to putting nearly 4 million people living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharian Africa (5.25 million globally) on life-saving medicines, up from just 50,000 people in 2002.
- IN 2008, HIV/AIDS killed 2 million people, 1.4 million of whom were living in sub-Subharan Africa. MAjor progress has been made in delivering life-saving treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, but more than 10 million people in Africa are in need of treatment still
- HIV infection rates are far outpacing the number of people added to treatment. For everyone person that gains access to treatment more than two people are newly infected with the virus everyday.
- in 2008, more than 100,000 ONE members wrote letters, made phone calls, and signed petitions to get PEPFAR through the House and past the block placed on it by a handful of opponents in the Senate. In the end, ONE members’ efforts helped PEPFAR to pass
- In addition to getting treatment to AIDS patients who need it most, the program also contains string increases in investment for fighting TB and malaria, two diseases at their most devastating in the world’s poorest countries.
- AIDS Funding Works, But More to Do (one.org)