Global Action October 2009

Tell Congress: The United States Must Lead in Supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria!

It couldn’t be more clear. The Global Fund is the most successful institution that we have in the world for addressing the most horrific epidemics the world faces. We have explicit policy pledges. We have validated national plans. We have a clear commitment that all valid plans will be fully funded. We’ve already broken that pledge to the world’s poorest people. We’re delaying programs. We have a massive gap, and it is the responsibility of world leaders to face up to this.

— economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

Despite tremendous progress, AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria still claim the lives of 6 million people every year. The overwhelming majority of these deaths occur in the world’s poorest countries and among the world’s poorest people. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has been instrumental in turning the tide against these three diseases of poverty. Its efforts have helped saved the lives of over 3.5 million people. The United States helped found the Global Fund, and we must continue to do our part to ensure live-saving treatment, prevention, and care for millions more.

Members of the House of Representatives are circulating a letter calling on President Obama to provide full funding for the Global Fund in his next budget. You can help build support for the Global Fund by asking your representative to sign on to this letter. Take action and help win the fight against AIDS, TB, and malaria.

Sample Letter to Congress

Instructions: Write a letter to your representative using the EPIC format (Engage, Problem, Inform, Call to action). Be sure to identify yourself as a constituent and to email and/or fax your letter, as traditional mail delivery to Capitol Hill can be delayed by weeks for security reasons. You can find your member of Congress and their contact information online:


Dear Representative ____________:

I recently joined millions around the world in participating in the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. At our local event in __________, I heard from Dr. Paul Farmer about the opportunity we have to win the fight against global killers like AIDS, TB, and malaria.

Tip: Connect your letter to a personal experience or local event.


Despite our progress in improving global health, six million people still die every year around the world from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. We know how to prevent and treat these diseases of poverty, but the United States must continue to lead the way to ensure adequate funding is available.

Tip: Find more global health and poverty facts at

Inform about the solution

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an innovative, accountable, and effective way to fight these three diseases of poverty. U.S. contributions to the Global Fund save lives. For every dollar we contribute, other countries contribute two more. The Global Fund has helped save 3.5 million lives in its short history and can save many more if the United States leads in providing our fair share of funding.

Call to action!

Members of Congress are currently circulating a letter to the President asking him to meet our commitment to the Global Fund by providing $1.75 billion in budget next year. Please contact Christos Tsentas in the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee to add your signature to this important letter. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to your reply to this request.

Tip: Always request a response to your letter.

The Global Fund Gets Results

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was founded in 2001 as an international partnership to fight three of the deadliest diseases of poverty. In its brief history the Global Fund has become a critical source of funding, having committed $15.6 billion in 140 countries to support large-scale prevention, treatment, and care programs for AIDS, TB, and malaria. Global Fund grants have supported:

  • Live-sustaining treatment for 2.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Medical services, education, and community care for 3.7 million orphans.
  • Treatment for 5.4 million patients suffering from tuberculosis.
  • Treatment for 74 million cases of malaria.
  • Distribution of 88 million bednets to help prevent malaria.

These results are estimated to have saved over 3.5 million lives.

What Makes the Global Fund Unique?

The Global Fund isn’t just about more aid for global health — it’s about better aid. It has a unique and innovative structure that helps insure U.S. assistance makes a real impact in the lives of the people that need it most.

Independent and accountable. Every application to the Global Fund is judged by an independent panel of experts and scored on its impact, community involvement, and transparency. Projects that are approved for funding are required to reach specific goals and must be successful to receive continued support. The Global Fund publishes the progress of all of its projects on its website for public review.

Community participation. The Global Fund requires broad community participation in the projects it funds. Each country proposal requires the input of not only government officials and health experts, but also health care workers, faith-based organizations, the business community, and patients affected by the diseases.

Leverage. The Global Fund is multilateral, meaning that the United States is joined by other developed countries in providing funding. Every $1 the U.S. contributes has traditionally been matched by $2 from other donors.

The United States Must Lead

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Obama signed a pledge to provide the U.S. fair share to the Global Fund if elected. Especially now as a global economic downturn exacerbates the health crisis in the world’s poorest countries, the U.S. must fulfill its commitments.

The Global Fund estimates it will need a total of $5.25 billion in the coming year to continue successful programs and fund newly approved proposals. Donor countries have not yet pledged adequate money to fund the bold, high quality proposals being submitted by countries in need. Without adequate resources, life-saving programs will be delayed or cut back. The United States isn’t expected to close the funding gap by itself, but it must lead the way by providing its fair share of $1.75 billion, about one-third of the Global Fund’s total need.

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