News From Friends of the Global Fight: February 11, 2016

President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Request Released

On Feb. 9, the Obama Administration released its budget request for FY 2017, including $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). In addition to the Global Fund, the budget included requests for other key global health programs, including:

In addition to the PMI increase noted above, 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 levels. This increase would help achieve the global community’s shared vision of ending malaria as an epidemic. Partnership and coordination between the Global Fund, which accounts for about 50 percent of global malaria funding, and PMI is critical to realizing this goal.

Friends of the Global Fight commends the United States’ strong legacy of leadership in global health. U.S. funding for global health programs has contributed to saving tens of millions of lives from the scourges of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We believe, however, that there is room to do more, given the historic opportunity to seize new advances in science to defeat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, removing them as threats to public health. Friends looks forward to working with the Obama Administration and with Congress to maximize U.S. investments to the Global Fund and to U.S. bilateral global health programs so that the United States remains the leader in the fight to defeat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Global Fund Issues Latest Results – Shows Progress in Supporting Programs Aiming to End HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as Epidemics

On Jan. 26, the Global Fund released data on its programmatic impact up to mid-2015. The results show great progress in supporting treatment, prevention and care for people affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. As of mid-2015, Global Fund grants have supported:

  • Antiretroviral treatment for 8.6 million people living with HIV;
  • 3.3 million HIV-positive pregnant women and mothers have received treatment to prevent transmission to their children;
  • 15 million cases of tuberculosis have been detected and treated;
  • 600 million insecticide-treated nets have been distributed to protect against malaria; and
  • 560 million cases of malaria have been treated.

Highlights from the latest Global Fund results factsheet can be found here.

Global Fund Continues to Focus on Procurement Reforms – Signs Deal on Mosquito Nets Expected to Save $93 Million

On Jan. 18, the Global Fund announced that it had finalized a new agreement on the procurement of insecticide-treated mosquito nets. The Global Fund projects $350 million in mosquito net purchases over the next two years through its Pooled Procurement Mechanism. The new agreement will use 10 suppliers and includes volume commitments from the Global Fund and performance contracts from the suppliers, which creates a level of certainty for suppliers, allowing them greater visibility and planning time to manufacture and deliver nets. That facilitates lower prices and yields significant savings for the Global Fund partnership. The $93 million in projected savings is equivalent to about 40 million additional nets.