FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Friends of the Global Fight President Deborah Derrick
Washington, D.C., June 24, 2014 — Friends applauds the House Appropriations Committee, in particular Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX), for their work on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 appropriations bill for the State Department, foreign operations and related programs. The Committee’s continued commitment to saving and improving lives worldwide is demonstrated by its allocation of $8.307 billion for global health, including $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
We are especially pleased that the Committee provided $5.67 billion to combat HIV/AIDS globally. In addition to support for the Global Fund, this amount includes $4.32 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) — a $300 million increase from the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request. Also included in the bill is $674 million for the President’s Malaria Initiative and $236 million for bilateral programs that fight tuberculosis.
As the largest single global health donor, the U.S. government has been central to recent health gains and has helped lead us to the unprecedented opportunity we have to defeat diseases including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria within our lifetime. Friends thanks Congress for protecting these critical investments that not only save lives, but allow more children to attend school, more parents to care for their families, and more people to lead productive lives in their communities.
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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