Today, 85 members of the Faith-based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide sent a letter to Senate appropriators championing robust funding for the International Affairs account. This account, which comprises just 1 percent of the U.S. federal budget, provides critical funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and U.S. bilateral partners. Friends of the Global Fight is partnering with Coalition members and Hope Through Healing Hands to advocate for funding for International Affairs, global health and the Global Fund.

The letter states, “Our faith and compassion for the vulnerable compel us to advocate for continued U.S. leadership and funding to maintain this extraordinary progress to eradicate AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” and concludes with a call to fund the Global Fund at the same level as FY 2016 and 2017: $1.35 billion.

Read the full letter and list of signers here, or click on the image below.