WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chris Collins, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Friends), released the following statement today regarding the House passing the PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018:

“Friends applauds the House for passing legislation to reauthorize PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for five years. Special thanks are due to Rep. Chris Smith and Rep. Barbara Lee who introduced the legislation. While many issues continue to divide Congress, it is a great to see global health remain a bipartisan priority. U.S. leadership on HIV will be even more critical over the next year during the Global Fund’s sixth Replenishment. The world is watching to see whether the U.S. maintains its crucial leadership on AIDS, TB and malaria as other countries consider their pledges to the Global Fund. I urge the Senate to pass the PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018. With Congress’s bipartisan support, the U.S. can continue to lead the global fight to end the AIDS epidemic for good.

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ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA

Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria advocates for U.S. support of the Global Fund, and the goal to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.theglobalfight.org.

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