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to mobilize public-private partnerships to reach ever more people in vulner- able populations. GaiN has already helped more than 200 million people; their goal is to reach one billion.

Malaria about half the world's population is at risk for malaria, which kills around a million people each year, most of them children under five and pregnant women. The Global Fund to Fight aiDS, Tubercu- losis and Malaria (Global Fund) has helped to de- liver 88 million insecticide- treated bed nets to pro- tect young children from malaria. additionally, they have distributed 74 million malaria drug treatments.

another effort, the President’s Malaria initia- tive, reached an estimated 32 million people with life- saving malaria prevention and treatment services in 2008 — only its third year

in operation.

Tuberculosis Tuberculosis,

once

thought to be nearly eradi- cated, is making a danger- ous comeback, particular- ly in africa and Southeast asia. about 1.7 million people globally die from tuberculosis every year. People who are hiV-pos- itive and infected with TB are up to 50 times more likely to develop active TB disease in their lifetime than people who are hiV- negative and infected with TB. USaiD is supporting life-saving TB treatment programs in 41 develop- ing countries by strength- ening their ability to use proven and cost-effective interventions. The Global

International Life Magazine

Women receive mosquito nets in Babile district in eastern Ethiopia during the largest bed net dis- tribution campaign in the history of Africa. Babile district, Ethiopia. Photo Courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Liz Gilbert.

Women in the village of Golo Sodoma, Ethiopia receive free bed nets in a UNICEF distribution campaign that is the largest in African history. Golo Sodoma, Ethiopia. Photo Courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Liz Gilbert.

Bill Gates holds a baby who is taking part in a malaria intervention treatment program as Me- linda Gates (left) looks on, at the Manhica Research Center and Hospital, September 21, 2003 in Manhica, Mozambique. Dr. F.Xavier Gomez-Olive (center) explains the treatment program. Photo Courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Jeff Christensen

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