Statement from Friends of the Global Fight on President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget Request

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C., February 3, 2015 — This week, the Obama Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year 2016, including $1.107 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In addition to the Global Fund, the budget included requests for other key global health programs integral to defeating the three diseases: $4.319 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) which is inclusive of $300 million for a new PEPFAR Impact Fund; $674 million for the President’s Malaria Initiative; and $191 million for bilateral programs that fight tuberculosis. The Global Fund and U.S. bilateral programs depend on each other for mutual success, and robust funding for all is critical to combatting and reining in these three diseases.

Friends is deeply appreciative of the United States’ strong history of leadership in global health. The millions of lives saved by the Global Fund and U.S. bilateral programs are a direct result of robust U.S. contributions. Friends appreciates continued U.S. investments in, and commitments to, fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as other critical programs that help ensure people throughout the world are able to lead healthy, productive lives.

Friends believes there is room to do more given the historic opportunity in front of us to seize new advances in science and apply decades of practical experience to the defeat of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, removing them as threats to public health. Data shows that if the world does not expand its investments now, and bring rates of new infection further under control, we could lose the opportunity and incur staggering costs in the future.

Friends of the Global Fight looks forward to working with the Administration and with Congress to maximize investments in global health so that the United States remains the leader in the fight to defeat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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:

John McMannis
+1 202 912 3821
john@theglobalfight.org