The logic is simple enough: a global pandemic needs a global response. But so far, Washington has failed to deliver on its role in the world. First the Administration put a dangerous freeze on funding for the World Health Organization. Now the latest $3 trillion package passed by the House has zero international pandemic funding, and the Senate has put its next bill on hold.
Yesterday afternoon, a bipartisan congressional delegation reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, announcing their intent to invest $4.68 billion over the next three years.
Each year on the first of December, World AIDS Day, a red ribbon hangs on the North Portico of the White House to commemorate the 35 million people who have lost their lives to the disease. This year, advocates and public health experts will be hoping the country continues not just that symbolical gesture, but the U.S. commitment to investing in the continued fight against AIDS worldwide.
When world leaders came together in September, they committed the resources to put the Global Fund on track to fund its plan to help save 8 million more lives and prevent 300 million new infections by 2020. Answering the call of advocates across the country, the U.S. government made a matching pledge of up to $4.3 billion, committing to invest $1 for every $2 from other donors.
The infectious disease that claims the most lives in the world today doesn’t make headlines. It’s a stealth killer that’s been around for thousands of years but still makes nearly 10 million people sick annually. It also happens to be a major cause and consequence of global poverty.
Every year, Congress decides how to spend the money in the U.S. federal budget. RESULTS urges our lawmakers to support issues that build the foundation to end poverty – health, education, and economic opportunity. These are memos you can use to make FY21 requests of your members of Congress.
This festive time of year is the perfect time to tell the story of the Global Fund; share the great news and help keep the U.S. Global Fund pledge front and center so we can see it through. (Word Version)
We are thrilled by the outcomes at the October Global Fund replenishment conference, but our work isn’t done yet. Write a letter in advance of World AIDS Day supporting the U.S. Global Fund pledge so we can see it through. (Word Version)