In releasing its latest results today, the Global Fund has again demonstrated its ability to provide significant returns on investment by positively impacting millions of lives around the world. Since 2002, Global Fund-supported programs have saved 22 million lives (see the details here). Through the end of 2016, there has been a decline of one-third in the number of people dying from AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in the countries where the Global Fund invests.

These striking results highlight the value of global health investments. Also released today, the Goalkeepers report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation underscores the need for new innovations and funding to prevent backsliding on this hard-won progress to fight epidemics. Friends of the Global Fight is grateful that Congress is on track to approve steady FY 2018 funding for global health programs such as the Global Fund, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID’s TB programs.

As the Gates Foundation report projects, millions of lives hang in the balance during crucial budget debates. Meeting global health goals by 2030 will require increased donor investment in effective health programming, as well as a greater focus on innovative and domestic financing solutions. Delaying such efforts translates to millions of lives lost and billions more dollars in expense and lost economic growth – a price the world cannot afford to pay.

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