Archived Friends in the News

No woman left behind: Women and girls are integral to defeating HIV/AIDS

Funders Concerned About AIDS, December 4, 2014 — As a guest blogger for Funders Concerned About AIDS, Friends President Deb Derrick highlights the importance of women and girls in defeating HIV/AIDS. 

Celebrating Friends of the Global Fight and a Decade of Progress in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Huffington Post, December 5, 2014 — Former Senator, and current Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd reflects on the last decade in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS.

Africa: Tenth Anniversary of Friends of the Global Fight

AllAfrica.com, December 3, 2014 — Friends of the Global Fight highlights global health champions, distinguished Members of Congress and advocates and pays special tribute to its founders.

Lawmakers Commemorate a Decade of AIDS Activism

Roll Call, December 2, 2014 — Warren Rojas highlights Friends of the Global Fight’s 10th Anniversary & AIDS Leadership Event.

From the frontline: What we’ve learned from those most affected by AIDS

The Hill, December 1, 2014 — PSI Ambassador Ashley Judd and Friends’ President Deb Derrick share lessons on the fight against HIV/AIDS.

10 Key Advocacy Moments In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

BuzzFeed, November 24, 2014 — In honor of World AIDS Day — and as Friends celebrates its 10th anniversary as an advocate in the battle against these diseases — we’re looking back at 10 inspiring advocacy moments in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the past 10+ years.

Women in Charge: A Force for Change on the Global Stage

Huffington Post, October 30, 2014 — In this op-ed, Friends’ President Deb Derrick highlights female nonprofit leadership, including Barbara P. Bush of Global Health Corps and Dr. Helene Gayle of CARE. 

500 Days And Counting: Critical Steps In The Countdown To Achieving MDG 6

Health Affairs Blog, October 6, 2014 — As the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target date approaches, Friends’ President Deb Derrick and Peter Yeo, the U.N. Foundation’s Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, outline critical steps needed to achieve MDG 6.

Collaboration is Key for Protecting US Investments in Global Health, Says Health Leaders

Science Speaks, September 18, 2014 — Rabita Aziz covers an event hosted by Friends of the Global Fight and the American Enterprise Institute on “Saving Lives Through Innovative Solutions: What’s Being Done Secure & Protect U.S. Investments in Fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria?”

Partnership And Progress On The Path To Achieving Millennium Development Goal 6

Health Affairs Blog, August 25, 2014 — In the first part of a two-part series, Friends’ President Deb Derrick and Peter Yeo, the U.N. Foundation’s Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, highlight partnership and progress in achieving Millennium Development Goal 6 — combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

Empowering Women and Girls: The Impact of Gender Equality on Public Health

The Lancet Global Health Blog, August 8, 2014 — The Global Fund is committed to addressing the social, legal, cultural, and biological issues that underpin gender inequality and contribute to poor health outcomes. 

Investing in Health: African Countries Expand Domestic and Innovative Financing

Huffington Post, August 6, 2014 — This week, President Barack Obama is hosting the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., welcoming leaders from across the African continent to discuss trade and investment, with an eye toward security, peace and democratic development.

Global Fund Procurement Savings Bring Healthcare Benefits

Skoll World Forum, July 29, 2014 — In Skoll World Forum, Friends’ President Deb Derrick highlights how the Global Fund’s procurement approach extracts more value for money and fosters a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities.

Childhood Survival Rates Improve, But Growing Pains Remain

The Hill, June 17, 2014 — In The Hill’s Congress Blog, Friends’ President Deb Derrick discusses the role the U.S. government has played in improving child survival rates over the last 25 years.

Gayle: Progress Continues in Fight Against AIDS

Houston Chronicle, May 12, 2014 — Dr. Helene Gayle, CARE CEO and president and Friends board member, reflects on the early days of the AIDS epidemic, domestic and global progress and the power of U.S. investments in the fight to defeat HIV/AIDS.

The Battle to End Malaria: Senegal Leads By Example

Thomson Reuters Foundation, April 24, 2014 — Global Fund Executive Director, Dr. Mark Dybul, and Senegal’s Minister of Health, Dr. Awa Maria Coll-Seck, reflect on World Malaria Day — highlighting Senegal’s efforts to edge out the disease and challenges in global fight to defeat malaria.

The Global Fund Helps Developing Countries Stop TB

Impatient Optimists, March 23, 2014 — To mark World TB Day, Friends President Deb Derrick highlights Indonesia’s efforts to combat the disease and points to new Global Fund policies that will enhance and incentivize support for the fight.

A Winning Team

Funders Concerned About AIDS, February 13, 2014 — As a guest blogger for Funders Concerned About AIDS, Friends President Deb Derrick highlights the Global Fund’s private sector engagement; continued momentum for the Fourth Voluntary Replenishment; and procurement cost savings.

Reason to Celebrate in the New Year: $12 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria

Huffington Post, January 13, 2014 — Friends President Deb Derrick reflects on the successful launch of the Global Fund’s Fourth Voluntary Replenishment, and discusses how to sustain the momentum in 2014.

Saving Money, Saving Lives

The Hill, November 28, 2013 — Ray Chambers, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for Malaria, discusses how the Global Fund has made great strides in optimizing its procurement framework to save money and improve more lives.

Giving Thanks for the Chance to Save Millions of Lives

Huffington Post, November 22, 2013 — In anticipation of World AIDS Day and the launch of the Global Fund’s Fourth Voluntary Replenishment, Friends President Deb Derrick highlights how U.S. leadership and support from the global community will help the Global Fund ensure long-term, sustainable solutions in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs Calls for Robust Global Fund Replenishment

PATH blog, November 12, 2013 — PATH offers an overview of a webinar and meeting featuring Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and co-hosted by Friends and the United Nations Foundation.

The Most Meaningful Metric Is Lives Saved

PSI Impact, October 2013 — For PSI’s monthly magazine, Friends President Deb Derrick argues that, even though clear metrics can be hard to come by, there are indicators that concentrating investments on key affected populations will help us achieve greater impact for less money.

Shrinking the Malaria Map

Nothing But Nets blog, September 26, 2013 — After moderating a panel at the Social Good Summit — hosted by the United Nations Foundation, Mashable, the Gates Foundation, and others — Friends President Deb Derrick reflects on the gains made through proven interventions in the fight against malaria.

Africa: UK Pledge to the Global Fund Warmly Welcomed

AllAfrica.com, September 26, 2013 — “This announcement sends a powerful signal to other donors,” said Friends of the Global Fight President Deborah Derrick in a Global Fund Observer piece.

The Heart of the Matter in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Huffington Post, September 23, 2013 — For the InterAction Forum’s #No1Behind series timed around the UN General Assembly, Friends President Deb Derrick highlights the Global Fund’s expanded work with most at-risk populations.

Nelson Mandela: A Living Legend in the Fight Against HIV and AIDS

Forbes.com, September 23, 2013 — For the Skoll World Forum, Friends Board Chair Jonathan Klein discusses the influence that Nelson Mandela has had on his life, work, and advocacy efforts.

Defeating Malaria in Sri Lanka

Impatient Optimists, August 13, 2013 — Friends President Deb Derrick talks to Dr. W.M.T.B. Wijekoon, who discusses the stunning success of Sri Lanka’s Global Fund-supported Anti-Malaria Campaign to defeat the epidemic in rural areas.

Have Researchers Finally Developed a Malaria Vaccine That Won’t Fail?

VICE magazine’s Motherboard, August 9, 2013 — Jason Koebler interviews Friends President Deb Derrick about a promising new vaccine — and the necessary failures that came before it.

A Lifesaving Partnership

Sojourners, July 26, 2013 — Elaina Ramsey interviews Thokozile Beatrix Phiri, a Malawian advocate for global health and ambassador for the Global Fund, whose life and family have been irrevocably changed by HIV-TB co-infection.

A Decade of Success in the Global Fight Against HIV and AIDS

Forbes.com, July 21, 2013 — As part of the Skoll Global Forum, Friends Board Member and Global Health Corps CEO and Co-Founder Barbara Pierce Bush looks back at the launch of PEPFAR — and the moment her career plans changed.

Working Hand-in-Hand in Haiti

AIDS.gov, July 18, 2013 — Global Fund Attache Michael Johnson, MD, discusses the critical work of the Global Fund and PEPFAR to fight HIV and AIDS in Haiti in the past decade.

Human Rights: Key to Defeating AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Part 2)

Humanitas Global Development Blog, June 25, 2013 — In Part 2 of this series, Friends President Deb Derrick focuses on the Global Fund’s expanded efforts to promote human rights in its new funding model.

A Call to Action for the Private Sector: For Better Health, “It’s Now or Never”

Reuters, June 21, 2013 — Friends President Deb Derrick discusses the importance of the private sector in reaching the Global Fund’s Fourth Replenishment goals.

An Opportunity to Link Arms, and Resources, on the Path to $15 Billion

The Huffington Post, June 18, 2013 — As part of the Global Fund’s Big Push series, Friends outlines the Global Fund’s plan for mobilizing $15 billion for its Fourth Replenishment through four pillars: traditional donors, the private sector, domestic co-investment and emerging economies.

Human Rights: Key to Defeating AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Part 1)

Humanitas Global Development Blog, June 17, 2013 — In Part 1 of this series, Friends President Deb Derrick highlights the Global Fund’s history of supporting human rights efforts in its lifesaving work.

Better Than Ever, Together

The Huffington Post, April 1, 2013 — As part of the Global Fund’s Big Push series, Friends discusses the work that the Global Fund and PEPFAR are doing together, through the lens of the Administration’s AIDS Blueprint, the Global Fund’s new funding model and the IOM’s evaluation of PEPFAR.

From Patient to Advocate: Luwiza Makukula’s Story

Impatient Optimists, March 24, 2013 — Together with colleagues at RESULTS, Friends interviewed Luwiza Makukula, who received Global Fund support to overcome tuberculosis and become a powerful advocate for others suffering from the disease.

Global Health Is Key to Diplomacy

Reuters AlertNet, March 15, 2013 — Peter Chernin praises Secretary of State John Kerry’s record of supporting global health efforts, and notes the progress that has been made thanks to organizations such as the Global Fund.

The Global Fund: Saving More Lives with Every Dollar

Impatient Optimists, March 11, 2013 — The Gates Foundation interviews Friends President Deb Derrick about the Global Fund’s new funding model, and how it will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization’s lifesaving work.

We Must Continue Our Legacy of Saving Lives

Roll Call, March 7, 2013 — Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist encourages the U.S. government to hold fast in its commitment to global health investments.

An Optimistic Era for Global Infectious Disease Control

The Atlantic, February 13, 2013 — John-Manuel Andriote interviews Dr. Mark Dybul, Global Fund Executive Director, about this unique moment in time, when we are at the cusp of containing AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Full Speed Ahead: More Success for the Global Fund
AIDS.gov, February 11, 2013 — Friends President Deb Derrick looks to the bright year ahead for the Global Fund under Dr. Mark Dybul’s leadership.
Hope and Health in the New Year and in the Years to Come

The Huffington Post, January 29, 2013 — As part of the Global Fund’s Big Push series, Friends President Deb Derrick looks back at a recent trip to Ndola, Zambia, and finds hope in the progress being made there in the fight for better health.