Washington, DC, September 1, 2016 — The Obama administration announced yesterday that the U.S. is committing up to $4.3 billion through 2019 to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The U.S. will match one dollar for every two dollars in pledges made by other donors over the next year. This announcement is ahead of a global pledging conference in Montreal, Canada on September 16 and 17.
See below for a statement from Dr. Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund:
“I am thrilled that the Obama administration has acted early to commit up to $4.3 billion to the Global Fund over the next three years. This matching pledge lays the groundwork for other donors to give boldly and generously so that the Global Fund can reach its replenishment goal of $13 billion — and have the necessary resources to save 8 million lives and prevent 300 million new infections from HIV, TB, and malaria by 2020.
This funding over the next three years is a critical down payment on the end of these diseases. Building on the investment and work to-date, the latest science and epidemiology show us that we can now do more than just fight these three disease – we have the opportunity to defeat them. Achieving this will require other donors ensuring we reach the $13 billion target now, and continuing our collective financial, scientific, and political commitment in the years ahead.
I am confident we can do this. Yesterday’s announcement helps put us on this path and cements the Obama administration’s global health legacy. It is also a powerful reflection of deep and longstanding bipartisan congressional support for these issues. Now all of us have more work to do to end these three epidemics for good.”