Congress Approves FY2010 Minibus Appropriations Bill with $1.05 billion for Global Fund

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CONGRESS APPROVES FY2010 MINIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL WITH $1.05 BILLION FOR THE GLOBAL FUND

Bill Ensures Greater Prevention, Treatment and Care Services for People around the World Affected by AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Washington D.C., December 14, 2009Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted to pass H.R. 3288 the Consolidated Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2010.  The bill, passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate has been sent to the President and is expected to be signed. The bill contains an appropriation of $1.05 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Global Fund financing fights three of the deadliest diseases around the world, work that can continue thanks to the dedicated support of members of Congress including Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Arlen Specter (D-PA), and Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX),” said Friends of the Global Fight President, Natasha Bilimoria. “Their leadership, particularly in these challenging economic times, will benefit millions of people across the globe.”

At the end of 2009, Global Fund-supported programs had averted more than 4.9 million deaths by providing AIDS treatment for 2.5 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 6.0 million people and 104 million insecticide-treated bed nets for the prevention of malaria. To date, the Global Fund has approved $18 billion in funding.

In the seven years since its inception, the Global Fund has grown capacity for health programs in developing countries to meet the challenges presented by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria within their borders.  At its most recent meeting in Ethiopia, the Global Fund Board of Directors approved the second-largest round of financing in the history of the organization, with 85 new grants worth $2.4 billion over two years. With $1.05 billion appropriated, the Global Fund is much closer to meeting the demand for financing.

“Thanks in large part to the U.S. government, the Global Fund is the single most powerful tool today in the world’s fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” continued Bilimoria. “This support signals the U.S.’s continued commitment to the fight against these three diseases and calls on other wealthy nations to renew their efforts to fully finance the Global Fund.  With more to be done, Friends of the Global Fight looks forward to working with the Administration and the Congress in the coming fiscal year to expand and increase this long-standing support for the Global Fund.”

FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA Friends of the Global Fight works to educate, engage and mobilize American decision makers to support the Global Fund and the fight to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.theglobalfight.org.

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