Statement by Natasha Bilimoria on the Release of the President’s FY2013 Budget

Statement by Natasha Bilimoria, President, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria, on the Release of the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

Washington, D.C., February 14, 2012 — “Given the difficult budget environment we are in, we applaud President Barack Obama’s request of $1.65 billion for the lifesaving work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in FY2013, which highlights its critical role in defeating the three diseases around the world.

“In his World AIDS Day speech on December 1, 2011, the President announced an ambitious plan to expand HIV/AIDS treatment and enhance prevention programs around the world. Meeting the U.S.’s three-year, $4 billion pledge to the Global Fund is an important part of that plan, and we are pleased that the Obama Administration prioritized this important commitment. This will help ensure that pregnant women with HIV will be able to prevent transmission to their babies, more families will sleep protected under malaria nets, and more people will have access to tuberculosis testing and treatment.

“The Global Fund’s close partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as well as the President’s Malaria Initiative has led to unprecedented achievements against the three diseases. None of these programs can succeed without the others. For this reason, we are concerned about proposed decreases in funding for these programs — particularly the steep decreases proposed for PEPFAR — and we look forward to learning more about how PEFPAR, country contributions and the Global Fund will work together to achieve the Administration’s overall HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention targets.

“Global Fund-supported programs save more than 100,000 lives per month, and for every dollar from the U.S., the Global Fund leverages more than $2 from the international community, making it a sound investment. We’ve reached the point where we can see the end of AIDS and the end of deaths from malaria, along with historic progress in combating tuberculosis. The Administration’s request for the Global Fund will go a long way in this regard, and we call on Congress to do its part to fulfill the U.S. pledge.”

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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Contact:

Anne Marson 202.912.3835

Anne@TheGlobalFight.org

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