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The Fight against AIDS, TB, and Malaria
Just 15 years ago, the AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics seemed unstoppable. AIDS was ripping through communities worldwide. TB and malaria were rampant. Then the world fought back. Since then, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has supported countries to save 20 million lives. Now scientists agree that we have the chance to put these epidemics in the history books.
Photo credit: John Rae, The Global Fund
At a global gathering in September 2016, world leaders reaffirmed their support for Global Fund, the leading financier of the fight against the three diseases. The Global Fund sought $13 billion to support countries around the world to tackle these epidemics, preventing 300 million new infections and saving 8 million lives by 2020.
Thanks to the commitments of the U.S. and other governments, the Global Fund now has the resources to start putting that plan into action. It will do this by supporting countries to scale up proven treatments, target the people who need it most, and work with local communities to make sure every dollar is maximized. Now because of major innovations and scientific advances, this work is not just about preventing deaths anymore. It’s about ending all three epidemics once and for all.
U.S. Leadership in the Fight
Since the Global Fund’s inception, the U.S. has played a leading role in the partnership, including providing a full one-third of the Global Fund’s financial resources. U.S. support for the Global Fund has always been uniquely bipartisan, crossing party lines when often not much else could.
President Bush, who also launched the transformational President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), made a founding pledge to the Global Fund early in his presidency, and continued strong support for the international initiative throughout his time in office. President Obama made three multi-year commitments to the Global Fund.
In Congress, a similar pattern follows: as control of the chambers has shifted back and forth between parties over the last 15 years, U.S. support for the Global Fund has been a constant.