Senate Appropriations Provides Strong Bipartisan Support for the Work of the Global Fund

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Senate Appropriations Committee Provides Strong
Bipartisan Support for Lifesaving Work of the
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Washington, D.C., September 22, 2011 — The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday approved $750 million in the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill and an additional $299 million in the FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services bill for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This funding will support the Global Fund’s lifesaving programs in 150 countries around the world.

”In this tough economic environment, we are extremely grateful that the committee continued its longstanding bipartisan support for 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 leadership will ensure that millions of adults and children worldwide will receive the lifesaving care and treatment they need. We would particularly like to thank the Committee’s Chairman and Ranking Member, Senators Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and the leadership of the Subcommittees, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Shelby (R-AL). Finally, we are also grateful to all Members in both parties, including Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Dan Coats (R-IN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), who understand that U.S. leadership in global health not only saves lives but also significantly benefits the U.S. at home and abroad.”

Established in 2002 with bipartisan support from President George W. Bush and Congress, the Global Fund has become the world’s most powerful tool in the fight against the three diseases, responsible for approximately one-fifth of international AIDS efforts and roughly two-thirds of tuberculosis and malaria funding. To date, Global Fund-supported programs have financed AIDS treatment for 3.2 million people, treated 8.2 million people for tuberculosis and distributed 190 million insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria infection.

“Thanks in large part to U.S. support, in less than a decade, millions of lives have been saved through Global Fund financing,” said Ms. Bilimoria. “For every dollar the U.S. government invests in the Global Fund, other donor countries give two more dollars, and the strong support shown by the Senate today will leverage real and meaningful health results for those who are most in need around the globe.

“At the same time, we are concerned that the bill decreases overall funding for PEPFAR, which works hand-in-hand with the Global Fund, and we hope that Congress will restore this funding during conference. As we head toward a final bill, Friends of the Global Fight looks forward to continuing our work with the Congress to ensure the Global Fund and all key global health programs maintain the funding they need to fight the world’s deadliest diseases, creating a safer and more stable world for all of us.”

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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Policy Contact:
Larry Decker
Larry@TheGlobalFight.org
202.912.3834

Press Contact:
Jennifer Kay
Jennifer@TheGlobalFight.org
202.912.3821

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