In the past 15 years, the Global Fund and our partners have achieved what was once considered impossible. The number of HIV-related deaths has been cut by nearly half, from 1.9 million people at the peak of the crisis to 1 million in 2016.
The rapid increase in access to ARV therapy in countries supported by the Global Fund – from 3 percent coverage in 2005 to 21 percent in 2010 and 52 percent in 2016 – has been a tremendous contributing factor. Through Global Fund-supported programs, more than 11 million people are receiving lifesaving ARV therapy – more than half the total number of people on treatment worldwide.
The number of HIV infections is falling. Between 2000 and 2016, the number of new HIV infections declined by 40 percent in countries supported by the Global Fund. Global Fund-supported programs have provided 4.2 million HIV-positive mothers with treatment to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies.