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Friends of the Global Fight Praises the Obama Administration’s Call for an AIDS-Free Generation
Statement by Natasha Bilimoria, President of Friends of the
Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, on
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Speech at National Institutes of Health
Washington, D.C., November 8, 2011 — In a speech delivered today at the National Institutes of Health, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined the Obama Administration’s vision for turning the tide on HIV/AIDS. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton noted that the culmination of years of scientific research and bipartisan U.S. leadership have led to an unprecedented moment in the worldwide fight against this deadly disease. Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria commends the Administration’s call to take advantage of major medical strides in order to realize the very real goal of an AIDS-free generation.
Key pillars of this vision are a number of critical scientific advances made toward preventing HIV transmission. In support of these, Secretary Clinton announced that the U.S. is committing $60 million through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to support combination prevention efforts in four countries. This comprehensive view shows that treatment and prevention efforts must work hand-in-hand if we hope to halt this pandemic.
Secretary Clinton also called for continued support of global HIV/AIDS efforts through lifesaving programs such as PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The U.S. has been the global leader against HIV/AIDS and continues to be the largest contributor to the Global Fund — which has provided HIV/AIDS treatment to 3.2 million people to date. In turn, the Global Fund leverages this support into contributions from donors worldwide, fostering the shared global responsibility that Secretary Clinton noted is so critical.
In the current economic environment, it is more important than ever that donor countries support programs that are cost-effective, results-oriented and evidence-based. As we increase these efforts, we must also ensure that every dollar is used as efficiently as possible. Secretary Clinton emphasized this point when she spoke about the Global Fund’s work to root out financial misuse and recover lost funds, part of the Global Fund’s ongoing efforts to set the gold standard in transparency and accountability and ensure donor dollars continue to reach those most in need.
We know challenges remain. But we are on the cusp of significant advances, and we need to continue to invest in what Secretary Clinton called “one of the greatest gifts we could give to the future”: an AIDS-free generation.
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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