FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014 — In his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015, released today, President Obama requested $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, plus an additional $300 million increase through the new Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative, if enacted by Congress. This level of funding is consistent with the President’s historic commitment in December 2013 to provide $4 billion to the Global Fund between 2014 and 2016, plus an additional $1 billion if other nations and donors can match U.S. funding levels on a 2-1 basis.
The President’s request also includes allocations for other key global health programs — including $4.35 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), $674 million for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and $191 million for bilateral programs that fight tuberculosis — that are integral to the success of the Global Fund and to defeating the three diseases.
The budget release comes three months after the Global Fund’s Fourth Voluntary Replenishment conference, where donors pledged $12 billion — 30 percent more than at the previous replenishment conference in 2010. The Global Fund has received $200 million more in commitments since December, and now has pledges from 27 countries in addition to corporations, foundations, high-net-worth individuals and faith-based organizations. Several countries in Africa that host Global Fund-supported programs have also pledged resources.
“The United States has been a world leader in fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and in supporting the Global Fund,” said Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “With the U.S. giving as much as it can, I am confident that its support will continue to drive greater global pledges to this fight.”
In the last decade, HIV incidence has fallen by 33 percent and cases of malaria have dropped by 26 percent. In addition, global mortality from tuberculosis has fallen by 45 percent since 1990.
“The U.S. has been instrumental in saving and improving the lives of millions faced with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” said Deborah Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight. “The Administration’s continued support for the Global Fund has the potential to build on those strong results by bringing other donors to the table and leveraging a total U.S. commitment of $5 billion over the next three years.”
Despite the progress of the past decade, there remains much work to be done to defeat these three global health threats; work that requires not only strong funding for multilateral and bilateral programs, but also partnership among international stakeholders.
“Scientific advances in global health can enable us to contain and control these dangerous infectious diseases within our lifetime,” said Dybul. “Global health investments provide incredible rates of return in the form of lives saved and securing a more stable and prosperous world. Now more than ever, it is important for the international community to work together to continue the momentum.”
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.