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.

Thank You President Biden for Supporting a $2 Billion Annual Investment in the Global Fund

Friends of the Global Fight applauds President Biden for including $2 billion for the Global Fund in his fiscal year 2024 budget request.

  • “U.S. leadership is a significant reason why we saw major donors, including the majority of G7 countries, substantially increase their pledges to the Global Fund at last year’s fundraising conference even in the midst of multiple global crises." – Friends' President & CEO Chris Collins

Here is a breakdown of what a $2 billion yearly investment means for the Global Fund.

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210 Faith Leaders Urge Congress to Support $2 Billion for the Global Fund (Letter)

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and 210 members of the Faith-Based Coalition for the Global Fund, including Rick and Kay Warren, sent a letter to Congress to voice their support for $2 billion for the Global Fund.

  • "As every human, made in the image of their creator, is of equal, immeasurable value, the Global Fund promotes their chance to survive and thrive in very measurable ways."
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18 Companies Call on Congress to Support a Sustained and Robust Investment

for the Global Fund (Letter)

18 companies sent a letter to Congress to urge continued support for a sustained and robust contribution to the Global Fund in fiscal year 2024.

Read the Full Letter

U.S. Global Health Investments and Pandemic Preparedness (Issue Brief)

Friends published a new issue brief detailing how U.S. investments in the Global Fund and the U.S. bilateral programs––PEPFAR, the President’s Malaria Initiative and USAID’s TB program–– are contributing to people-centered systems for pandemic preparedness.


  • "One of the best ways to prepare for future threats is to invest now in the programs, systems and people needed to respond to existing threats."
Read the Full Issue Brief

The Doctors Risking It All to Fight TB in Ukraine (Article)

On World TB Day, Friends published a new article on the work of TB doctors in Kherson, Ukraine - first under Russian occupation, and now under constant, deadly shelling. Despite the immense challenges, they have continued to offer lifesaving care to hundreds of patients.

Read Their Story

Global Fund Applauds Azerbaijan and Tajikistan for Eliminating Malaria (Global Fund)

After decades of malaria diagnosis, treatment and surveillance, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan have achieved malaria elimination.

  • “It’s an extraordinary outcome... we applaud Azerbaijan and Tajikistan’s success, which was hard-won and came only after decades of concerted action. Their success shows that malaria elimination is a viable goal for all countries.” –Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands
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Global Health News
  • America’s Leadership Means Stronger Women Around the World (The Hill)

  • Legal and Policy Barriers for an Effective HIV/AIDS Response (Lancet)

  • Bill Gates: ‘I Worry We’re Making the Same Mistakes Again’ (New York Times)
Be sure to check www.theglobalfight.org for the latest. Thanks for your support.
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