Event Celebrating Faith-based Organizations’ Success in Improving Health around the World


Event Tonight Celebrating Faith-based Organizations’ Success in Improving Health around the World

Friends of the Global Fight Hosts Reception on Capitol Hill; Representatives Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Heath Shuler (D-NC) to Speak, with Reverend Canon Desmond Lambrechts from South Africa and Dr. Christoph Benn of the Global Fund

Washington D.C., October 4, 2011 — This evening on Capitol Hill, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, along with World Vision, the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria initiative, will host an event celebrating the contributions of faith-based organizations to the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the world’s largest global health financier. Speakers at the event include Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), Congressman Heath Shuler (D-NC), the Reverend Canon Desmond Lambrechts and Dr. Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations and Partnerships at the Global Fund.

“Faith groups have long been vital to the health and development of communities around the world,” said Natasha Bilimoria, President of Friends of the Global Fight. “As essential Global Fund partners, faith organizations have contributed to the Global Fund’s tremendous success. To date, Global Fund-supported programs have saved 7.7 million lives in 150 countries through partnerships formed with churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other faith communities, as well as partnerships with communities, NGOs and governments. Tonight’s event is an exciting opportunity to highlight the life transforming work of faith groups.”

Canon Lambrechts is Chairperson of the Religious Sector of the South African National AIDS Council as well as Vice Chair of the Global Fund’s Country Coordinating Mechanism in South Africa. A highly respected religious leader within the Anglican Church in South Africa, Canon Lambrechts has been a tireless champion of better health in his country.

Also at the event, Friends’ manual for faith-based organizations titled “Faith-based Organizations and the Global Fund: Working Together to Save Lives,” will be officially launched. This manual is designed to help educate and engage faith groups interested in getting involved with the Global Fund as implementers, donors, technical assistance providers and entities performing grant oversight. Additionally, the manual provides examples of best practices that faith-based Global Fund partners are using to achieve optimal results. The manual can be found online here.


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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