This powerful new video from Friends of the Global Fight (Friends) encourages Congress to honor existing U.S. commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) by appropriating $1.35 billion for FY 2018. Global health investments represent a tiny fraction of the U.S. budget – just a quarter of 1 percent. Reductions in international assistance funding would undermine our ability to save lives and grow economies, including here at home. And steady investment in the Global Fund will help keep the world on the path to ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria for good.
The global community has come so far in the fight against these diseases that we’re now at a tipping point. We must push forward to keep from falling back. A loss in momentum and could affect the Global Fund’s ability to prevent millions of new infections and ultimately save millions of lives in the future. At stake is the resurgence of major disease killers, as well as lost economic opportunity.
The good news is that we can stop that from happening. For every $100 million contributed, the Global Fund is able to support programs that:
- Save 133,000 lives
- Avert 1.9 million new infections or cases across all three diseases
- Spur $300 million in domestic investment for health, and
- Create $2.2 billion in long-term economic gains.
That’s a significant return on investment that we can’t risk losing to proposed budget cuts.
We encourage you to watch “Dear America,” share it on social media and with your family, friends and colleagues, and use the tool below to easily contact your representatives in support of the Global Fund and U.S. foreign assistance. Created through Friends’ partnership with USGLC, the outreach tool below will guide you through phone calls and emails to your Congressional representatives, providing talking points along the way.
Making your voice heard on this issue is crucial to saving and improving lives around the world. Our team at Friends appreciates your effort on behalf of the Global Fund and global health.