FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C., June 17, 2014 — The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs today approved their Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bills.
“We commend Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX), Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) and the House Appropriations Subcommittee for providing $8.307 billion for global health,” said Deb Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “We are especially pleased that $5.67 billion — a $300 million increase from the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request — was allocated to combat HIV/AIDS globally through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief(PEPFAR)and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.”
Included in the Senate Subcommittee bill is $1.35 billion for the Global Fund; $4.02 billion for PEPFAR; $669.5 million for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI); and $225 million for bilateral programs that fight tuberculosis. Friends appreciates the efforts of Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in drafting this bill.
Due in large part to strong U.S. bilateral and multilateral investments over the last decade, significant gains have been made in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria: HIV incidence rates have gone down 33 percent; the number of malaria cases has gone down 25 percent; and, over the past 20 years, worldwide efforts have helped reduce tuberculosis deaths by 45 percent.
“We have a unique opportunity to seize new advances in science and apply over 10 years of implementation experience to defeat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, removing them as threats to public health,” continued Ms. Derrick. “However, the dramatic gains in the fight against these three diseases could be rolled back if the world fails to provide adequate funding. As these bills move forward, Friends urges Congress to reaffirm its commitment to global health by providing robust funding.”
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