March 2009: Speaking powerfully to Congress and the media about the Global Fund

The global financial crisis is expected to push an additional 46 million people below the extreme poverty line of living on less than $1.25 per day.

As more people fall into poverty, it is critical that developed nations keep their promises to fund life-saving programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The Global Fund has been incredibly successful, saving an estimated 3.5 million lives by funding projects judged for their impact, community involvement, and transparency. Yet the fund is experiencing a dangerous shortfall.

Donor countries have not yet provided adequate money to fund the bold, high quality proposals being submitted by developing nations. Life-saving programs may be delayed or cut back.

The U.S. fair share for the Global Fund in 2010 is $2.7 billion. If the U.S. comes through on its funding promise, other nations will follow. With World TB Day approaching, would you please write an editorial highlighting the need for the U.S. to lead in funding the Global Fund in 2010?