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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Vote Signals Strong Bipartisan Support for the Global Fund’s Work to Improve Health and Save Lives
Statement from Mark Isaac, Interim President of Friends of the Global Fight, on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Markup of the FY2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill
Washington, D.C., May 22, 2012 — Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approved its Fiscal Year 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which includes $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Subcommittee’s action today signals a strong commitment to supporting lifesaving work around the world and, if enacted, will position the U.S. to fulfill the three-year, $4 billion pledge to the Global Fund.
Friends of the Global Fight applauds the Subcommittee for placing a high priority on combating the three diseases and improving the lives of millions. Friends extends a special thank you for the leadership displayed by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in fulfilling the U.S. pledge to the Global Fund. Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Graham have worked tirelessly to support the Global Fund’s critical work. Friends is also pleased by the strong bipartisan show of support for the Global Fund.
As the bill moves through the House and Senate, we strongly urge Members of Congress to continue to protect these high-impact investments and to do everything possible to fulfill the landmark U.S. pledge — which will help ensure a healthier, safer and more productive world for all of us.
The Global Fund is the world’s most powerful tool in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. As such, it has set the gold standard in openness, transparency, and the efficient and effective use of resources. Under the leadership of a new General Manager, Gabriel Jaramillo, the Global Fund has implemented significant improvements to transform itself from an emergency response into a long-term, sustainable financing mechanism, allowing it to save even more lives in the years ahead.
In the past decade, the Global Fund has grown to support programs in 150 countries around the world, which save more than 100,000 lives per month and improve countless more. However, there still remains great unmet need and gaps in services for millions around the globe. Today’s strong funding commitment by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee will move us closer to filling those gaps and achieving the goals of eliminating malaria as a public health problem in most malaria-endemic countries and bring us closer to creating an AIDS-free generation by wiping out mother to child transmission of HIV.
U.S. leadership has been absolutely critical to this success: For each dollar the U.S. provides, the Global Fund leverages more than $2 from other donors. And by working hand in hand with U.S. bilateral programs — such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) — the Global Fund maximizes the impact of U.S. taxpayer dollars. This bill acknowledges the close cooperation of PEPFAR, PMI and the Global Fund by ensuring that both multilateral and bilateral programs receive strong funding. These programs demonstrate U.S. leadership and enhance security and stability, yet account for less than 1% of the budget.
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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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