U.S. Signals Consistent Commitment to Global Health
04 March 2014
Indonesia – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria expressed thanks for President Barack Obama’s request for US$1.35
billion for the Global Fund in his 2015 budget proposal, calling it a
demonstration of consistent commitment to global health.
“We recognize and are deeply
grateful for the U.S. role in our efforts to defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and
malaria," said Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund.
“With the U.S. giving as much as it can, we know we can drive even greater participation
by other countries to reach our common goals.”
President Obama’s budget request for
the Global Fund, announced today in Washington, D.C., came as the Global Fund
prepares to convene a meeting of its Board in Jakarta, where it is expected to
discuss and approve measures to increase the impact of its investments.
The U.S. is limited by law to
providing one-third of the overall funding for the Global Fund. President
Obama’s budget request for the Global Fund in 2015 is aligned with the pledge
of up to US$5 billion over 2014-2016 that President Obama made when he hosted
the launch of the Global Fund’s Replenishment in Washington in December 2013.
At the time, President Obama
strongly encouraged other countries to give more, promising to match an additional
US$1 million for every US$2 million contributed by other countries through
September 2014. The Obama Administration renewed that standing pledge today.
In April, 2013, President Obama
requested US$1.65 billion for the Global Fund for 2014, expressing hope that
other countries would come forward with twice that amount. Within legal limits,
today’s request for 2015 is the maximum amount currently possible.
The Obama Administration’s budget
request included an additional US$300 million for the Global Fund in a new
initiative called the Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative, which is
subject to approval by Congress. That is an additional avenue of potential
funding, should other contributions grow.
Over the last ten years, the partnership between the
Global Fund and U.S. programs including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS
Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) have jointly
achieved dramatic advances toward defeating HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
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