Hello from Friends! Here is a quick look at what's new in our work to fight AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in the age of COVID-19.

Global Fund Raises Record-Breaking

$15.7 Billion for HIV, TB and Malaria

With additional pledges coming in from Italy, India, United Kingdom and Thailand, the Global Fund broke records during its seventh replenishment, raising $15.7 billion to continue progress against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Friends welcomes the United Kingdom's £1 billion pledge to the Global Fund but is concerned by the reduction in funding. There is still time for the U.K. to join the majority of G7 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Germany, France and Japan, which have all increased investments to fight HIV, TB and malaria.

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Why Global Health Programs Remain Bipartisan (Think Global Health)

"Saving millions of lives is not a conservative or progressive issue. There is good reason why global health is broadly supported and deserves increased resources in the years ahead. "

President & CEO Chris Collins explains why support for global health remains bipartisan at a time of rising divides in Congress and across the country.

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Tuberculosis Cases Continue to Rise According to New WHO Report

A new WHO report found that COVID-19 disrupted progress fighting TB in 2021, continuing a global trend seen in 2020. If these trends hold, TB is on track to surpass COVID-19 as the world's deadliest infectious disease according to reporting from the Economist. Below are highlights from the WHO's latest report on the state of the global fight against TB:

  • In 2021,10.6 million people fell ill with TB, an increase of 4.5% from 2020.

  • In 2021,1.6 million people died from TB which includes 187,000 deaths among HIV-positive people.
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Celebrating Bipartisan Support for the Global Fund: Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Michael McCaul

Since 2002, the Global Fund partnership has saved 50 million lives. This summer, Friends hosted an event honoring bipartisan Congressional champions in the fight to end HIV, TB and malaria.

Watch our videos honoring Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX).

"It is so important to keep beating that drum about why this fight has got to remain bipartisan."

Representative Barbara Lee, recipient of our Global Health Champion award. 

"It's rare in Congress that you can pass a bill and save lives...Millions and millions of lives in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria... It challenges our allies to step up to the plate."

–  Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), recipient of our Global Health Champion award.

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A Fireside Chat with Dr. Raj Panjabi on the National Biodefense Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIS)

At a fireside chat sponsored with CSIS, Dr. Raj Panjabi, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Health Security & Biodefense, answered questions on how to strengthen global health security:

  • "You can't do pandemic preparedness without leveraging existing investments in PEPFAR, the President's Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund that have been made [to fight pandemics]."

  • Our pandemic response muscle works only if we have been preparing that muscle everyday... that muscle that we have been using everyday to fight pandemics is the Global Fund which has been investing in countries in the poorest parts of the world."
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Mei's Fight: Hard Work and Hope to End TB For Good (Global Fund)

“I dream of an end to TB, and a world where everyone, including the most marginalized, can live free from the terror of TB.” -Mei, a TB survivor and advocate.

Learn how Mei Sebayang is working to end TB in Indonesia.

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"Climate-Proofing" Global Health Systems. A Discussion at COP27 (Forecasting Healthy Futures)

A COP27 panel emphasized the connection between climate change and infectious diseases:

“We need to climate-proof our global health systems and our disease elimination systems. Fortunately, there is a groundswell of new innovation that we are starting see: highly sophisticated technologies that help predict where, when and to what extent disease outbreaks will occur so that we can act in advance and prevent those outbreaks.”- Kelly Willis of Malaria No More

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Global Health News
  • This Urban Mosquito Threatens to Derail the Fight Against Malaria in Africa (NPR)

  • 2022 Report: Health at the Mercy of Fossil Fuels (The Lancet)
Be sure to check www.theglobalfight.org for the latest. Thanks for your support.
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