Statement on the Signing of PEPFAR Reauthorization

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Sara Green
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sara@theglobalfight.org

Statement from Natasha Bilimoria, Executive Director of Friends of the Global Fight on the Signing of the “Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008”

Washington D.C., July 30, 2008 –Today’s signing is truly historic and demonstrates the United States’ continued commitment to combating HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria which kill 6 million people around the world every year. In just 5 years, we have seen significant improvements and fewer people are dying from these treatable and preventable diseases. This next phase of PEPFAR will allow for even more people to be reached with prevention and treatment services.

The new law allocates up to $2 billion in 2009 for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as additional funding for the Global Fund’s future growth. This will allow the Global Fund to significantly expand its life-saving work and do even more to stem the tide of the world’s most urgent global public health issues. Since its creation, the Global Fund has committed more than $10 billion to 136 countries around the world to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Currently, the Global Fund provides about 20 percent of international financing to fight AIDS, two-thirds of international funding for tuberculosis programs and three-quarters of international funding to fight malaria. The Global Fund anticipates growth of between $6 billion and $8 billion per year by 2010.

This law represents the true sprit of bipartisanship and leadership on the part of the President and the Congress. We applaud them both for their support and look forward to working together to ensure full funding so we can continue to provide hope to millions of people around the world.

FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TB AND MALARIA Friends of the Global Fight works to educate, engage and mobilize American decision-makers in the fight to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. By focusing these efforts on decision-makers in Washington, Friends seeks to build a sustained commitment to supporting the Global Fund and the fight against the three diseases. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.theglobalfight.org.

THE GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA The Global Fund is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases. For more information about the Global Fund, visit www.theglobalfund.org.

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