The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is one of the most effective and efficient funding mechanisms for combating these three deadly, yet preventable diseases. Since the Global Fund’s inception in 2002, Canada has played a strong leadership role to support its work, and has been a key investor in the fund. During this time, the Global Fund has made incredible progress, saving some 27 million lives world-wide and helping build stronger, more resilient community-based health systems.
Older women in sub-Saharan Africa are often dealing with a variety of health challenges. Due to poverty, many do not have the basic resources required for health, such as nutritious food, clean water and adequate housing. Many suffer from HIV/AIDS, TB, or malaria, as well as untreated chronic problems and diseases such as high blood pressure and arthritis. Often older women do not have access to required medicines and affordable, age-friendly health and social services. This is why GRAN campaigns for access to more generic drugs, fair pricing by pharmaceutical companies, and increased investment by Canada and the world to improve access, affordability and age-friendly health care.