Friends on the Frontline First Quarter 2016

The Next Chapter in the Global Fight

A Message from Deb Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

This marks my last month as the President of Friends of the Global Fight, and nearly eight years in my work to promote global health. It’s a field I have found rewarding and representative of remarkable American leadership, worldwide progress and among the biggest success stories of our lifetimes. I have recently highlighted some of those transformative global health successes in a Huffington Post blog series, “The Best of America.”

The first quarter of 2016 has continued to build on that legacy of progress in the global HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria fights. February, in particular, brought great news for the Global Fund and continued U.S. leadership in global health when the Obama Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year 2017, including $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This amount is consistent with the FY 2016 enacted level. The budget also included $4.32 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; $745 million for the President’s Malaria Initiative, a $71 million increase above FY 2016 enacted levels; and $191 million for USAID tuberculosis programs. In addition, the budget request proposes to use an additional $129 million out of the remaining Ebola emergency funding to combat malaria, for a total increase of $200 million, or nearly 30 percent above FY 2016 enacted levels.

In the coming months, Friends will continue to work closely with Congress to maximize U.S. investments to the Global Fund and to U.S. bilateral global health programs.

News from the Global Fund

Exciting developments are also underway at the Global Fund. The European Commission (EC) announced in March a three-year pledge of €470 million to the Global Fund – an increase of €100 million or 27 percent above their previous contribution, demonstrating a strong commitment to global health. It is also the first pledge of the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment, which will seek to raise $13 billion in public and private sectors for 2017-2019 programming. This level of funding will enable the Global Fund partnership to save an additional 8 million lives, avert 300 million new infections of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, advance the global goal of ending these diseases as epidemics by 2030, strengthen health systems, and improve the lives of vulnerable populations such as women and adolescent girls.

On Jan. 22 during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, (RED) announced new partnerships with NetJets, Salesforce and Tradeshift, innovative multinational companies that will generate millions of dollars for the Global Fund. These companies joined América Móvil, Apple, Bank of America, Belvedere, GAP, SAP, Starbucks and the Coca-Cola Company, each of which have renewed their partnerships with (RED). The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also announced that it will match every dollar generated by (RED) in 2016, up to $50 million.

Also in January, the Global Fund announced a new agreement on the purchase of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria. This deal that takes advantage of the organization’s Pooled Procurement Mechanism and is projected to save $93 million, or the equivalent of about 40 million additional mosquito nets.

Advocacy on World TB Day

In March, Friends commemorated World TB Day 2016 – an important opportunity to highlight the 43 million lives saved since 2000, and recognize the challenges that remain, as tuberculosis continues to be the number-one cause of death from an infectious disease, killing about 1.5 million people per year. On March 23, Friends participated in the World TB Survivor Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, which brought survivors from the United States and Zimbabwe to Washington to meet with Congressional offices and share their stories.

In addition to participating in advocacy on Capitol Hill, Friends Policy Manager True Claycombe authored a guest post, “Funding Zika but Forgetting Tuberculosis” for Health Affairs Blog. Friends also interviewed Loyce Maturu of Zimbabwe, a TB survivor who is also HIV-positive, and who is doing excellent work as a peer educator to advocate for HIV-positive adolescents and fight stigma.

Highlights from the Fight

This quarter, Friends launched our new blog, at http://blog.theglobalfight.org. We look forward to making frequent use of this channel to share Global Fund news, discuss global health trends and events, and more easily create impactful messaging through multimedia lists, video, infographics and photos.

Highlights from the blog this quarter have included:

In February, Deb Derrick spoke about malaria elimination and global health to about 600 students and academicians at North Carolina State University on Feb. 3. The full video of Deb’s remarks is available here; and excerpts are highlighted here.

On Feb. 2, Friends hosted a webinar on the Global Fund’s new e-marketplace, Wambo.org, with Anna Van Nieuwenhuizen. The presentation discussed the rationale and vision for the e-marketplace; progress updates and the country consultation process; 2016 rollout plans; financial projections; and a video demonstration of the tool.

Deb authored a piece for Devex on Jan., 22, “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” highlighting Wambo.org as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution — a time of innovation focused on the interaction of physical systems and cybertechnology — as discussed at this year’s Davos meetings.

Friends collaborated on plans for Kaiser Family Foundation’s Jan. 20 event, “The Future of U.S. Global Health Policy & Programs,” featuring Dr. Helene Gayle, Friends Board member and CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative; former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who has also previously served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Global Fund Board Chairman; Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for PEPFAR; and Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center at CSIS.