Rarely does an opportunity present itself to be part of a movement that could change the course of history. One of those moments is in front of us right now. With scientific advances, we now have the ability to defeat highly dangerous infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The recent progress is amazing. If we can pull together the funds, we can essentially end the burden of these diseases as threats to global development.

We have a historic opportunity to end the global burden of these three diseases, which will change the fortunes of millions of lives and improve the development of entire countries. Ten years ago, almost no one thought we could make the kinds of advances that have been achieved. I know these are difficult times financially, but diseases don’t pay attention to budget planning.

We must not miss this chance by shying away from the challenge. We should not minimize the challenge of what lies ahead. We know from experience that by working together with shared responsibility and clear mission focus, with passion and compassion as global citizens, these three diseases can be completely controlled and, with further scientific advancements, can actually be eliminated. This is an incredible opportunity for our generation to be proud of our collective work.


Malaria champion. We have made great progress in the fight against malaria. From 2000 to 2010, the global mortality rate went down 26%, and this is thanks to organizations like the Global Fund, which contributes 50% of all international funding for malaria.

Malaria is a disease that is not on the top of mind of the general public, and it’s important that we change this. The more people know about it, the better chance we have to make it a disease of the past. The fact that a mosquito bite can take millions of lives—and something as simple as sleeping under an insecticide-treated net can prevent this from happening—is incredible. I felt compelled to do join in and spread this message.

When you come this close to something you can’t falter in the determination to stop this. This is the time when you have to put the accelerator to the floor. It’s such a pivotal moment. We’re in a place right now that if we take advantage of it—and there are so many people who are doing great work—but if we push that extra bit, we can stop this.

This is the best, the most incredible moment. This is the moment that we can maybe turn back and look at our children and say, “There was a time, there was a moment that came along where we all got together as countries, we all got together as people from different walks of life, and we joined together, and we changed the course of history.”. That moment is not next week or next year or in five years. That moment is right now.
Renowned Nigerian economist. Minister of Finance. I remember vividly when I was five years old and living with my grandmother in the village. I had a bout of malaria so severe. This is not a disease that any child or anybody should have to go through. That is why the work of the Global Fund is fundamentally important. We must find ways to fight malaria.
It was $10,000 a year to keep a person with HIV/AIDS alive. Now we’re at a point where it’s about $150 a year. That’s because a lot of people worked very hard on this.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We would wish for an AIDS vaccine. That would stop this disease for once and for all. We’re working hard on that but it’s going to take some time. In the meantime, we’ve got to do all the prevention that we possibly can.
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