July 28, 2022
Friends Lauds Senate State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee For Including $2 Billion for Global Fund in FY 2023
Other countries must now step up to unlock funding or risk leaving U.S. money on the table
Washington, DC – Friends applauds the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) for including $2 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in its fiscal year 2023 funding bill.
“Thank you to Senator Chris Coons, Senator Lindsey Graham, and the entire subcommittee, and thank you to Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Richard Shelby for increasing this vital investment in the Global Fund,” said Chris Collins, president and CEO of Friends of the Global Fight. “This generous funding level is another clear signal to donors around the world that the United States is committed to a successful Global Fund replenishment in September. Collectively, we have the ability to save an additional 20 million lives in the next three-year replenishment cycle – but only if other countries step up with similar increases. Otherwise, they will leave U.S. funding on the table.”
U.S. funding for the Global Fund cannot exceed one-third of total contributions from all donors, which serves as a matching challenge for other countries. The Global Fund has determined that at least $18 billion is needed in the seventh replenishment to get back on track to end the epidemics of AIDS, TB and malaria and provide much needed investment in health systems strengthening. The $2 billion in the SFOPS funding bill serves as the first installment for President Biden’s generous intended $6 billion pledge at the upcoming replenishment conference.
“U.S. leadership in global health has never been more important, and the Senate has stepped up to ensure the Global Fund has the resources it needs to end these epidemics. Practically speaking, this funding means that 2.3 million lives will be saved in just one fiscal year, 51 million new infections will be averted and 32 million people will have access to malaria treatment – and those are just a few examples,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Friends’ board chair and former chairman and CEO at Rabin Martin, a global health strategy consulting firm. “If other countries increase their support to match the U.S., we can save 20 million lives over three years. Thank you again to the Senate and subcommittee members for their leadership and vision.”
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.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL FUND:
The Global Fund is a partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. As an international organization, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests more than US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries. In partnership with governments, civil society, technical agencies, the private sector, faith-based organizations and people affected by the diseases, we are challenging barriers and embracing innovation. Learn more at https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/overview.