Friends Applaud the Nomination of John F. Kerry for Secretary of State

21 December 2012

Senator Kerry Brings Strong Leadership and Support for Global Health,
including PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Washington, D.C Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria praises President's Obama's nomination today of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry to serve as Secretary of State. In his role as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Kerry's leadership proved vital to health efforts around the world, including through his support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the world's largest health financier, and for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

“Senator Kerry is a stalwart supporter of global health, exemplifying bipartisanship and demonstrating unwavering commitment to improving health worldwide,” said Deborah Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight. “The United States is a pivotal global health leader, both through its own bilateral health programs and its support of the Global Fund. We look forward to collaborating with Senator Kerry to continue the lifesaving work of the Global Fund.”

Dr. Mark Dybul, newly appointed Executive Director of the Global Fund and former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, also endorsed Senator Kerry's nomination. “Senator Kerry is an excellent choice,“ said Dr. Dybul. “His steadfast support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and for PEPFAR has been instrumental to progress and results in global health. I am eager to work with him as Secretary of State to combat the three diseases, and as we work together to defeat AIDS.”

Since the founding of the Global Fund in 2002, the United States has been a key partner and supporter of its lifesaving work. Bipartisan support from Congress and the Bush and Obama Administrations has enabled the Global Fund to provide HIV/AIDS treatment to 4.2 million people, detect and treat 9.7 million cases of tuberculosis, and distribute 310 insecticide-treated nets to protect families from malaria.

FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA

Friends of the Global Fight works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.TheGlobalFight.org.

THE GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA

The Global Fund is an international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. The Global Fund promotes partnerships between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, the most effective way to help reach those in need. This innovative approach relies on country ownership and performance-based funding, meaning that people in countries implement their own programs based on their priorities and the Global Fund provides financing where verifiable results are achieved.

Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has approved funding of US$22.9 billion for more than 1,000 programs in 151 countries. To date, programs supported by the Global Fund have provided AIDS treatment for 4.2 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 9.7 million people and 310 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts in dealing with the three diseases.

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Contact:
Anne Fox
202.912.3835

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