The White House has announced a commitment of up to $4.3 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the years 2017 to 2019.
Subject to approval by Congress, the U.S. will match $1 for every $2 pledged by other donors through September 2017 in support of the Global Fund's efforts to prevent three hundred million new infections and an additional eight million deaths from HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. At its Replenishment Conference in Montreal later this month, the organization hopes to raise a total of $13 billion for the next three-year funding period. In 2013, the U.S. pledged $4.1 billion for the 2014-16 period.
According to the Global Fund Results Report 2016 (52 pages, PDF), between 2002 and the end of 2015, programs supported by the fund helped save twenty-two million lives; reduced by one-third the number of deaths from HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria; provided 9.2 million people with access to antiretroviral HIV treatment and 15.1 million people with tuberculosis treatment; distributed mosquito nets to 659 million people; and prevented 146 million HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria infections.
"While we are turning the tide against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, too many around the world — especially in areas of conflict — still fall victim to these diseases," said Susan E. Rice, national security advisor and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in a statement. "Now is the time for the world to accelerate its efforts by making smart investments and evidence-based interventions in the most at-risk places."
"We are profoundly grateful for the U.S. leadership in our mission to end these epidemics and build resilient and sustainable systems for health," said Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund. "It is thanks to partners like the U.S. that the Global Fund partnership is creating a movement that is transforming countless lives and creating more fair societies."