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Friends of the Global Fight Applauds House FY14 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations
Bill Reflects Continued Commitment to Lifesaving Global Health Programs
Washington, D.C., July 24, 2013 — Today the House Committee on Appropriations approved its FY 2014 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs appropriations bill. The bill includes $8.175 billion for global health, of which $5.67 billion, President Obama’s requested level, is allocated to the State Department to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria under the bilateral President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and through a $1.65 billion contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
“Friends applauds and is grateful to the Committee and, in particular, State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) for their strong, bipartisan leadership in fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” said Friends’ President, Deb Derrick. “Their efforts make it clear that, despite current fiscal and economic challenges, the United States continues to prioritize saving lives from these scourges.”
The Executive Director of the Global Fund, Dr. Mark Dybul, has noted that recent scientific advances have given us the tools to contain and turn the tide on these dangerous infectious diseases. Worldwide efforts have reduced HIV incidence by more than 20 percent, tuberculosis deaths by more than 40 percent, and malaria deaths in Africa by 33 percent. These significant declines are a result of scale-up of programs, learning on the ground, and engagement across sectors. If we do not continue an aggressive fight, we increase the risk of these diseases becoming even deadlier — and far costlier to treat — with growing drug resistance and potential rebound of infection rates.
The Global Fund is an essential tool in the global fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The organization is poised to respond to this unique moment in history as it builds on the significant health achievements already made. More than 100,000 lives are saved each month in 150 countries through programs the Global Fund supports.
U.S. leadership has been critical to this success: for each dollar the U.S. provides, the Global Fund leverages at least $2 from other donors. And by working hand in hand with U.S. bilateral programs — such as PEPFAR and the President’s Malaria Initiative — the Global Fund further bolsters the impact of U.S. taxpayer dollars.
“Investing in global health provides exceptionally strong value for money,” said Ms. Derrick. “Friends thanks Members of Congress for continuing to protect these high-impact investments and maintaining the U.S.’s commitment to global health and saving lives.”
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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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