Today, 96 members of the faith-based Hope Through Healing Hands, founded and chaired by former Senator Bill Frist (R- TN), sent letters to Senate and House appropriators championing robust funding for the International Affairs account and programs working to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. This account, which comprises just 1 percent of the U.S. federal budget, provides critical funding for the Global Fund and U.S. bilateral partners. Friends of the Global Fight partners with Hope Through Healing Hands to bring members of the faith-based community to Washington to voice their support with policymakers for steady, robust funding of global health programs.

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 for FY 2019 at the same level as FY 2017 and 2018: $1.35 billion.

Click here to read the full letters to the Senate and House, or click on the images below.