July 1, 2021
Washington, DC – Friends welcomes the House Appropriations Committee’s maintenance of support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at $1.56 billion in its fiscal year 2022 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) funding bill that passed out of committee today.
“Thank you Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), ranking member Kay Granger (R-TX), Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and ranking member Hal Rogers (R-KY), and the entire House Appropriations Committee for this crucial investment in ending the epidemics of AIDS, TB and malaria,” said Friends President and CEO Chris Collins. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in low- and middle- income countries and around the world, the Global Fund’s work to maintain momentum toward ending the AIDS, TB and malaria epidemics and build stronger, better prepared health systems is as urgent as ever.”
Friends also applauds the bill’s proposed increases of $150 million for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); $150 million for tuberculosis programming at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); and $50 million for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
“Today the House Appropriations Committee demonstrated that the U.S. remains a bold and inspiring leader in global health,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Friends’ Board Chair and chairman at Rabin Martin, a global health strategy consulting firm. “Investments in the Global Fund and bilateral programs not only save millions of lives, but they also create the infrastructure needed to prepare for future pandemic threats.”
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.