FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Friends of the Global Fight President Deborah Derrick
Washington, D.C., June 19, 2014 — Friends thanks the full Senate Appropriations Committee, including Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), for approving this important piece of legislation. The bill includes $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the same amount included in the President’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015. This represents the most the U.S. government can give at this time, given the 33 percent cap on U.S. contributions. In addition, this funding is in line with the President’s commitment last year to provide $4 billion to the Global Fund between 2014 and 2016, plus an additional $1 billion, if other nations and donors match U.S. funding levels on a 2-1 basis.
Also included in the bill is: $4.02 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); $669.5 million for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI); and $225 million for bilateral programs that fight tuberculosis.
Friends appreciates the work and leadership of Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and is grateful for their ongoing support for global health.
U.S. leadership through programs such as PEPFAR and PMI, as well as contributions to the Global Fund, are essential to defeating the three diseases. Steady, robust funding for these vital programs is critical to ensuring we do not roll back recent gains or lose out on the significant investments we have already made.
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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