The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has had a "devastating impact" on the fight against HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria in 2020, said a report by Global Fund. The communities the organisation support have seen a decline in results.
Peter Sands, the Global Fund's executive director, said that the organisation was planning to mark its 20th anniversary by focusing on extraordinary stories of courage and resilience. The annual report was supposed to focus on the progress against HIV, TB, and malaria over two decades.
He added that the data of 2020 ended up being as they feared. "For the first time in the history of the global fund, key programmatic results have gone backward." The organisation reported "significant declines" in HIV testing and prevention services, reported AFP.
According to the report, HIV prevention and treatment has declined 11% last year. HIV testing has dropped by 22%. The report remarked that the number of people who received life-saving antiretroviral therapy for HIV in 2020, rose by 8.8 percent to 21.9 million "despite Covid-19".
The Global Fund report noted that the impact of the pandemic on TV worldwide had similarly been "catastrophic". The number of people treated for drug-resistant TB declined by 19% and extensively drug-resistant TB dropped by 37%.
However, interventions to fight malaria seem to have been less badly affected. "Thanks to adaptation measures and the diligence and innovation of community health workers, prevention activities remained stable or increased compared to 2019," said Global Funds.
The organisation had spent $4.2 billion to fight against the diseases in 2020 along with an additional $980 million to fight Covid-19.