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Congress Approves $1.05 Billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Bipartisan Leadership Recognizes U.S. Return on Investment in Lifesaving Global Health Efforts
Washington, D.C., December 17, 2011 — Congress today gave final approval to an FY2012 omnibus spending bill, which contains $1.05 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The bill, expected to be signed quickly by President Barack Obama, demonstrates continued strong U.S. leadership in the global fight against the three diseases.
“In this difficult economic environment, we are grateful that the Obama Administration and leaders in Congress have remained steadfast in their support of the critical, lifesaving work of the Global Fund,” said Natasha Bilimoria, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which advocates on behalf of the Global Fund in the U.S. “This demonstration of ongoing commitment not only recognizes the Global Fund’s strong results and successes but will ensure that millions worldwide continue to receive the care and treatment they need. We are thankful to so many from both sides of the aisle who understand that our effective investments in global health serve not only the world’s most vulnerable, but also our own economic and national security interests.”
The Global Fund is the world’s most powerful tool in the fight against the three diseases, responsible for approximately two-thirds of funds spent on malaria and tuberculosis efforts, as well as financing for half of all HIV/AIDS treatment. To date, Global Fund-supported programs have treated 8.6 million people for tuberculosis, distributed 230 million insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria infection and provided HIV/AIDS treatment to 3.3 million people.
“This strong action by Congress comes on the heels of bold steps taken by the Administration: a speech by President Obama on World AIDS Day, in which he recommitted to the U.S. pledge to the Global Fund, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s call, just weeks prior, to take advantage of major medical advancements to realize the very achievable goal of an AIDS-free generation,” said Ms. Bilimoria. “We applaud the bipartisan consensus that the Global Fund, working hand-in-hand with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), plays a critical role in turning the page on these devastating diseases. It is now possible to end the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies by 2015, as well as eliminate malaria in endemic countries. Congress and the Administration have moved us in the direction of reaching these goals, and we need continued strong support to take us the rest of the way.
“We are particularly grateful to Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Graham (R-SC) and Representatives Granger (R-TX) and Lowey (D-NY) for their leadership and bipartisan support of the Global Fund. We would also like to thank Senators Inouye (D-HI), Cochran (R-MS), Durbin (D-IL), Brown (D-OH), Coats (R-IN), Kerry (D-MA), Lugar (R-IN), Coons (D-DE), Corker (R-TN), Rubio (R-FL), Harkin (D-IA), Shelby (R-AL) and Wicker (R-MS), as well as Representatives Rogers (R-KY), Dicks (D-WA), Lee (D-CA), Rehberg (R-MT), DeLauro (D-CT), Berman (D-CA), Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and many others. Their support means millions more lives saved and improved; millions more happy, healthy children and families; and countless communities strengthened around the globe.”
FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA
Friends of the Global Fight works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.TheGlobalFight.org.
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