A Global Health Game Changer
In 2002, the United States joined with countries across the world to create the Global Fund, a 21st century public-private partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria as epidemics. The Global Fund has helped achieve extraordinary progress in the fight against these deadly diseases. By challenging the status quo in how the world fights disease, the Global Fund represents an efficient and innovative model of U.S. health leadership and diplomacy. U.S. investment in global health represents one of the few areas that have won consistent, bipartisan American support, or produced such concrete economic, security and humanitarian gains for the U.S. and the world.
In 2018, in countries where the Global Fund invests:
- 32 million lives have been saved
- 18.9 million people are on antiretroviral therapy for HIV
- 5.3 million people were treated for TB
- 131 million mosquito nets were distributed
Learn more about how the Global Fund is:
- Managing risk and increasing transparency
- Advancing innovation in global health
- Working with the private sector
U.S. Impact through the Global Fund
U.S. investment in the Global Fund has consistently won bipartisan support across eight Congresses and two presidential administrations. Republican and Democratic policymakers agree that, together, investments in public-private partnerships like the Global Fund and U.S. bilateral global health programs are among our greatest foreign policy successes. The U.S. is and always has been a leader in global health, providing one-third of funds pledged from governments to the Global Fund since its creation in 2002.
U.S. investment in the Global Fund and other global health programs constitutes a tiny sliver of the U.S. federal budget — just a quarter of 1 percent. But the American public supports doing more. A 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that Americans’ support for foreign assistance increases when they learn how small a fraction of the budget these investments represent.