FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senate FY 2014 Appropriations Bill Includes $1.65 Billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Friends applauds strong, bipartisan support for lifesaving work around the world
Washington, D.C., July 25, 2013 — Today the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved its FY 2014 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs appropriations bill. The bill provides $1.65 billion for the Global Fund and $4.02 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the funding levels requested by President Obama for FY 2014.
“Friends is pleased that Congress has shown continued dedication to saving and improving lives around the world,” said Friends’ President, Deb Derrick. “We are grateful to the Senate Appropriations Committee — in particular, the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — for their strong, bipartisan leadership in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.”
The Global Fund is the world’s most powerful tool in the fight against these deadly diseases; Global Fund-supported programs save more than 100,000 lives each month in 150 countries. Worldwide efforts have reduced HIV incidence by more than 20 percent, tuberculosis deaths by more than 40 percent, and malaria deaths in Africa by 33 percent.
The Executive Director of the Global Fund, Dr. Mark Dybul, has noted that recent scientific advances and a deepening awareness of how to best target resources have brought us to a unique moment, where even greater strides can be made to control and defeat these diseases.
Truly turning the tide on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria will require U.S. leadership, through bilateral programs such as PEPFAR and the President’s Malaria Initiative, as well as contributions to the Global Fund, which leverages U.S. dollars two to one. Funding for international global health and development programs accounts for less than 1% of the U.S. budget, yet yields tremendous results for millions worldwide. Programs supported by this funding not only save lives, but also allow more children to attend school, more parents to care for their families, and more people to lead productive lives in their communities.
“Friends thanks Members of Congress for recognizing the tremendous value for money that global health investments provide,” said Ms. Derrick. “Despite current fiscal challenges, now is the time to keep up our fight, or we will risk these diseases becoming even deadlier and far costlier to treat. With the committee approvals of both the House and Senate appropriations bills, Congress has sent a strong signal that the U.S. is committed to defeating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.”
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