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Climate change would increase cases of malaria and tuberculosis, according to the Global Fund

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The climate change would be the main factor that increases the cases of malaria, tuberculosis or the AIDSsaid Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund.

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During a press conference, the official said that global warming increases extreme weather events such as hurricanes, typhoons or floods, and this would cause a serious impact on health networks such as increased risk of infection from the aforementioned diseases.

In the case of malaria, the specialist specified that the geographical distribution of warm regions that is endemic would increase; that is, the mosquitoes that transmit it would have their habitat at a higher altitude due to the increase in the global average temperature.

In addition, he stressed that it is increasing its containment in regions such as Central America; however, he highlighted that progress is being made in Venezuela, a country that has problems in controlling tuberculosis and/or HIV/AIDS.

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Regarding tuberculosis, Sands points out that this disease spreads in areas where people do not have adequate food and accommodation.

In light of this, the Global Fund has raised US$15.7 billion for its humanitarian projects for the 2024-2026 triennium.

Said figure is less than the objective that was originally planned (US$ 18,000 million), but exceeds the triennial budgets of the Global Fund, which had the United States and France as the first and second donors, respectively.

(With information from EFE)

Source: Gestion

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