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House Subcommittee Markup Leaves Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria in Crisis
Date:6/17/2009

this would be the first year the Global Fund has ever been flat-funded, and the furthest away from our fair share that the U.S. has ever been.

Without the U.S. doing its part...

It is likely there will be no new Global Fund funding in 2010 - abruptly halting country plans to avert millions of deaths from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The current 2009 9th funding Round will be billions short. Applications were submitted ahead of the June 1 deadline--with countries expecting that donors would fulfill their promises. In November, without more funding, the Global Fund Board will have to make untenable decisions:

  • Approximately $3 billion in new proposals is expected, in addition to $400 million in innovative new national strategy applications.
  • This will leave a $2.5 billion gap for 2009 applications alone since, at these levels and given last year's underfunding, only $1 billion will be available for all future funding Rounds.

New strategies, for example innovative efforts to strengthen health systems through funding results-based national health sector strategies and save the lives of women and girls through smart gender strategies will be impossible to implement--leaving millions at risk.

Lives Lost

The decision has very real implications in lives lost. The first $7 billion invested in the Global Fund saved an estimated 3.5 million lives. At this rate, the extra $1 billion to $1.7 billion needed from the U.S. would result in 500,000 lives saved--roughly the size of the population of Washington, DC.


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