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AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis (TB) together kill six million people annually worldwide. On September 19, 2008, the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law (Strauss Center) will proudly host Natasha Bilimoria, Executive Director of Friends of the Global Fight, to talk about international efforts to halt the incidence of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases by 2015.
Noted as the "major diseases of poverty" by the World Health Organization, AIDS, malaria and TB disproportionately affect developing countries, particularly children and others with weakened immune systems. In fact, in 2002 malaria was the fourth leading cause of death worldwide among children under five years of age, and AIDS was the sixth. All three diseases are treatable and preventable.
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria works to educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision makers to support the Global Fund and the fight to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.