There are many reasons why the private sector supports a strong Global Fund. Perhaps most significantly, since its founding, the Global Fund has been focused on a clear goal and results – saving lives and bending the trajectory of infectious diseases.

Today, members of the private sector sent a letter to Senator Graham (R-SC), Senator Leahy (D-VT), Chairwoman Lowey (D-NY) and Representative Rogers (R-KY) thanking them for their leadership in U.S. global health efforts and encouraging continued support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The letter states, “In the most heavily affected areas, infectious diseases can have a devastating impact on the overall population and on marginalized groups, consumers and the workforce. This goes beyond the absences of sick or caretaker employees from our operations and supplies. Global Fund-supported programming helps countries establish and improve health services, helping them be better prepared to address their health challenges, and in our companies’ wide-ranging experience, they lay a foundation for better-functioning markets. As the biggest funder of global health programming, the Global Fund is a principal means by which health innovations are brought to scale so that they can have major impact.”

The companies called for $1.56 billion to be appropriated for the Global Fund in fiscal year 2020 to help “save millions of lives, drive the generosity of other donors and help achieve the full Global Fund Replenishment target.”

A full copy of the letter is available here.