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Deborah Derrick

Title President
Organization Friends of the Global Fight

Deborah Derrick is the President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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The Global Fund Helps Developing Countries Stop TB

The Global Fund plays a key role in the fight against TB worldwide. Read more about how the Global Fund is helping emerging economies like Indonesia take ownership of health challenges.

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Defeating Malaria in Sri Lanka

Venturing house-to-house, setting and baiting traps, and crisscrossing rural communities, the Sri Lankan Anti-Malaria Campaign stays one step ahead of its foe—the mosquito. Analyzing the tiny insects, the team knows when the mosquitoes emerge each day, whom they bite, where they live, and what they might carry. From rural outposts, workers feed data into a national surveillance system of the bugs that spread the disease. Thankfully, most of the mosquitoes collected today aren’t actually carrying the malaria parasite. After centuries of suffering its devastating effects, Sri Lanka has nearly eliminated the disease. Just over a decade ago, in 1999, Sri Lanka faced more than 260,000 malaria cases. But today, careful surveillance and vector control—combined with blood testing, treatment, widespread prevention efforts, and community education—have helped tamp down the disease to the point where there has not been one indigenous case since October 2012. Continued monitoring helps make sure it doesn’t return

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From Patient to Advocate: Luwiza Makukula’s Story

Luwiza Makukula survived tuberculosis and lives with HIV/AIDS, and now is an advocate for others who are fighting disease and stigma.

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The Global Fund: Saving More Lives with Every Dollar

Recently, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – which has saved millions of lives around the world over the past decade – launched a new funding model to further strengthen the impact of every dollar that it delivers to families and communities around world.

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Staying the Course In the Fight Against AIDS

Sustained focus and investment in global health will move us toward a future in which no one dies from AIDS-related illness and no baby is born with HIV. That's a future of hope. That's a future worth fighting for.

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