Statement from Friends Lauding President Obama’s Promise of a Prosperous, Healthy World


Statement from Friends of the Global Fight Lauding
President Obama’s Promise to Fight for a More Prosperous, Healthier World

Washington, D.C., February 13, 2013 — Friends of the Global Fight President Deborah Derrick released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address:

“I am delighted that in such a far-reaching State of the Union address, President Obama zeroed in on critical international health and development issues, specifically highlighting the opportunity to reach an AIDS-free generation. Today scientific innovation and international investments pave the way for great advances against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. We now have the tools available to do as President Obama suggests: partner with our friends and global neighbors to build healthier, stronger communities the world over.

Last night’s speech came just as we prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), unveiled by George W. Bush in his own 2003 State of the Union address. Since that time, the world has made staggering progress in the fight against AIDS. In just a decade, the number of people on lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy in low- and middle-income countries has gone from approximately 400,000 to more than 8 million.

Together with PEPFAR, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been central to recent health successes. Through support for the Global Fund and bilateral programs like the President’s Malaria Initiative, the U.S. has played a similar leading role in tackling tuberculosis and malaria.

In an era of often divergent points of view, global health has remained a uniquely bipartisan priority in the United States. As President Obama remarked, this is ‘not only because it creates new markets [and] more stable order in certain regions of the world, but also because it’s the right thing to do.’

Strong leadership from both parties in Congress and a landmark three-year, $4 billion pledge in 2010 by President Obama to the Global Fund has fueled lifesaving work around the world. But we cannot stop now when even greater progress — including the chance to rein in AIDS — is within our sights. We must move beyond the status quo, redoubling our efforts to save lives. Continued U.S. support for the Global Fund, PEPFAR and global health efforts more broadly will move us closer to realizing the vision President Obama outlined last night.”


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


The Global Fund is an international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. The Global Fund promotes partnerships between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, the most effective way to help reach those in need. This innovative approach relies on country ownership and performance-based funding, meaning that people in countries implement their own programs based on their priorities and the Global Fund provides financing where verifiable results are achieved.

Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has supported more than 1,000 programs in 151 countries, providing AIDS treatment for 4.2 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 9.7 million people and 310 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts in dealing with the three diseases.


Colin Smith

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