Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, has said the number of people under antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in the world being taken care of by the Fund has reached three million.
"Now I can say that the total number of people under ARV treatment taken care of by the Global Fund and the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is three million," he announced in Burkina Faso on Friday.
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4 million beneficiaries were currently being taken care of as part of the Global Fund programme and expressed optimism that there would be universal access to ARV treatment by people infected with HIV/AIDS in the coming years as part of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
"This (target) was not easy to reach," he said, noting that many people were at the beginning sceptical and even hostile to the idea of ARV treatment for all the people in poor countries infected with HIV/AIDS.
The Global Fund has its origins in a unique public/private comprehensive partnership meant to raise and disburse additional resources for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria treatment.
Since its birth five years ago, it has funded 520 programmes in 136 countries to the tune of about US$10 billion, according to Kazatchkine.