FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Friends of the Global Fight President Deborah Derrick
Washington, D.C., June 11, 2015 — Today the House Appropriations Committee approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 appropriations bill for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs. The bill restores $244 million in cuts to global HIV/AIDS programs proposed in the President’s FY 2016 budget request to Congress. The Committee recommended up to $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in order to meet the United States’ strong commitment to the Fund.
In addition, the bill includes: $5.67 billion for Department of State-funded HIV/AIDS programs, a majority of which will fund the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); as well as $674 million for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and $236 million for bilateral programs that fight tuberculosis, which are both funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
“Friends greatly appreciates the work of the House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and particularly Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), for their staunch leadership and support for these global health programs,” said Friends President Deb Derrick. “The Subcommittee and full Committee’s commitment to saving and improving lives around the world is represented by the $8.45 billion allocated to the U.S. Department of State and USAID for global health, and is important to recognize in the current fiscally-constrained environment.”
Through synergistic and coordinated investments, the U.S. Government’s contribution to the Global Fund leverages billions of dollars from foreign governments, foundations and the private sector. As the largest multilateral investor in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria prevention and treatment, the Global Fund works side-by-side with U.S. programs such as PEPFAR and PMI to achieve greater impact in the fight against these diseases. With a limited window of opportunity to defeat these epidemics, sustaining robust funding for these critical programs is essential to build on the momentum of past successes and save more lives.
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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