Friends Commends Bill & Melinda Gates for Highlighting U.S. Global Health Investments

FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT COMMENDS BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF U.S. GLOBAL HEALTH INVESTMENTS

Friends of the Global Fight applauds Bill and Melinda Gates for unveiling their dynamic special presentation, “Living Proof:  Why We Are Impatient Optimists,” in Washington D.C. this week. As part of their foundation’s Living Proof Project, which highlights the lives saved and communities transformed by

U.S. global health investments, the Gates’ are urging Americans and particularly policymakers to sustain our country’s unprecedented commitments to creating health equity in our world.

The Living Proof Project has two simple messages:

  1. U.S. investments in global health are working
  2. U.S. leadership is needed to move the world’s poorest communities out of the crisis situation

they have faced for decades and into an era of sustainable development built on good health Both the U.S. government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation deserve credit for getting us to this moment of opportunity, and smart decisions must be made to sustain this momentum.

One of the best examples of the Living Proof Project’s message of strong global health results is the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the largest global health financier in the world. Since it was established seven years ago, the Global Fund has approved more than $16 billion in financing to systematically and effectively combat disease worldwide. U.S. leadership in supporting the Global Fund’s unique model of local ownership, transparency and accountability has led to some astounding results. For example, more than four million people who otherwise would have died of AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria are alive and thriving as a result of interventions delivered through Global Fund-supported programs.

In order to develop long-term, sustainable solutions to global health problems, U.S. leadership and support of the Global Fund must continue. With resources from the Global Fund, recipient countries gather input from key stakeholders, implement their health plans, and set the future direction of their country’s health care priorities related to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In addition, with Global Fund support, countries are able to build infrastructure such as health centers, health care workforce, and technology assets including diagnostic tools. We urge the U.S. government to contribute $1.75 billion to the Global Fund in FY2011 to help finance its support of countries who lead their fight against these preventable and treatable diseases.

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 to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the fight to end the worldwide burden of these three diseases. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.TheGlobalFight.org.

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