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President Obama Expected to Sign FY2011 Budget Resolution With $1.05 Billion for the Global Fund
In Difficult Budget Cycle, Bill Shows Sustained Support for Worldwide Prevention, Treatment and Care Services for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Washington, D.C., April 15, 2011 — The continuing resolution for the FY2011 budget, expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama today, contains $1.05 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an amount that demonstrates continued U.S. leadership on global health and sustains the Global Fund’s lifesaving programs in more than 140 nations around the world.
“In this economic environment, we are extremely grateful that President Obama and bipartisan leaders in Congress have remained steadfast in support of the critical work of the Global Fund,” said Natasha Bilimoria, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which advocates on behalf of the Global Fund in the U.S. “Their courageous action will ensure that millions worldwide continue to receive the care and treatment they need. We are particularly thankful to Representatives Kay Granger (R-TX), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Dennis Rehberg (R-MT), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), as well as Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tom Harkin (DIA), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and many others from both parties who understand that leadership on global health serves U.S. interests.”
The Global Fund is the world’s most powerful tool in the fight against the three diseases, responsible for approximately two-thirds of funds spent on malaria and tuberculosis efforts and half of all HIV/AIDS treatment. To date, the Global Fund‘s outstanding and proven results include treating 7.7 million people for tuberculosis, distributing 160 million insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria infection and financing HIV/AIDS treatment for 3 million people.
“Thanks in large part to U.S. support, in less than a decade, more than 6.5 million lives have been saved through programs financed by the Global Fund,” said Ms. Bilimoria. “The U.S. government provides nearly one-third of the Global Fund’s total contributions, and the strong support of the President and Congress sets a powerful example for the rest of the Global Fund’s donor countries. Friends of the Global Fight looks forward to continuing its work with Congress and the Administration to ensure the Global Fund receives the funding it needs to fight the world’s deadliest diseases, creating a safer and more stable world for all of us.”
Dr. Christoph Benn, the Global Fund’s Director of External Relations and Partnerships, also thanked Congress during testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs yesterday. During his testimony, Dr. Benn focused on the massive scope and impressive results of the Global Fund’s work — and the need for continued support of these efforts, even in a time of austerity. He stressed the Global Fund’s principles of transparency and accountability, which safeguard taxpayer dollars, and he emphasized the manner in which every U.S. dollar contributed to the Global Fund leverages at least $2 in contributions from other donors, maximizing the impact of U.S. resources. Dr. Benn closed his testimony with a strong call for full funding of the Global Fund in the FY2012 budget cycle, noting that continued U.S. leadership will prevent widespread human suffering, economic decline and regional instability.
For the full text of Dr. Benn’s testimony, click here: http://www.theglobalfight.org/view/resources/uploaded/Testimony_DrBenn.pdf.
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