July 21, 2023
Friends Welcomes Staunch Support for Global Fund in Senate FY24 Appropriations Bill
Washington, DC – Friends welcomes the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS)’s allocation of $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in its fiscal year 2024 funding bill, as the second installment of the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund’s seventh replenishment.
“Thank you Senator Patty Murray, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Chris Coons and Senator Lindsay Graham for your vital support for the Global Fund in the appropriations bill,” said Chris Collins, president and CEO of Friends of the Global Fight. “The Senate’s proposed funding affirms U.S. leadership on the path to end the epidemics of AIDS, TB and malaria and to making everyone safer from future pandemics.”
The Senate Appropriations Committee Report states that $1.65 billion “is a reduction compared to the prior fiscal year as a result of the statutory cap on U.S. contributions related to other donor funds. The Committee continues to urge other donors to increase their contributions, which the United States matches at a rate of $1 for every $2 received from others. Should sufficient matching contributions be available, the Committee intends to honor the $6,000,000,000 U.S. pledge for the seventh [Global Fund] replenishment.”
U.S. funding for the Global Fund cannot exceed 33% of total contributions from all donors under U.S. law, and it serves as a matching challenge for other countries.
“The House – which allocated $2 billion last month – and the Senate are showing dedicated support for the Global Fund, as well as for implementing partners and above all affected populations,” Collins added. “We are grateful to both chambers.”
Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Friends’ Board chair and past chairman and CEO of Rabin Martin, a global health impact consultancy, echoed Collins’ comments. “U.S. investment in the Global Fund has saved more than 50 million lives since 2002,” Sturchio said. “We thank the Senate Appropriations Committee for its strong faith in and bipartisan support for the Global Fund. This investment will help end the three epidemics and strengthen health security in over 120 countries with which the Global Fund works.”
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.