Friends Applauds G8 Foreign Ministers’ Call for Support for the Global Fund

Friends of the Global Fight Applauds G8 Foreign Ministers’
Call for Support for the Global Fund’s Lifesaving Work

World Leaders Praise Global Fund’s Progress on
Improvements and Call on Donors to Meet Their Pledges

Washington, D.C., April 12, 2012 — At a meeting today in Washington, D.C., the G8 Foreign Ministers signaled strong support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In a statement, the ministers said:

“The G8 renews and recommits to supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria on the tenth anniversary of its establishment and as the Fund adopts a comprehensive reform agenda. The G8 encourages all donors to meet their pledges, calls upon new donors to join our common efforts to support the Fund, and requests that implementing countries redouble their support for shared responsibility through increased leadership and financing in addressing these critical health challenges.”

Under the leadership of Global Fund General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo, the organization has renewed its commitment to impeccable grant management, greater efficiency and even tighter financial controls. Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria praised the foreign ministers for recognizing the important progress made and for their support for the Global Fund.

“The Global Fund is one of the world’s most powerful tools to improve health and save lives,” said Mark Isaac, Interim President of Friends of the Global Fight, which advocates for the Global Fund in the U.S. “We’re pleased to see such a strong show of support for the Global Fund, especially as it works to improve efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen grant management so it can save even more lives. We appeal to governments around the world to heed this call and step up their efforts to combat the three diseases.”

Since its founding 10 years ago, the Global Fund has helped save the lives of millions of people worldwide. Global Fund financing provides AIDS treatment to 3.3 million people, and to date, it has supported treatment for more than 8.6 million cases of tuberculosis and distributed 230 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria.

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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Anne Marson
+1 202 912 3835
Anne@TheGlobalFight.org

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