Congress allocates $1.05 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Congress passed a federal budget bill on Thursday that will allocate $1.05 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during the 2011 fiscal year.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs heard testimony from officials of the Global Fund before the subsequent vote was held in the House and Senate, reports. Executive members from the Global Fund acknowledged that the aid comes during a time when the U.S. is facing difficult budgetary decisions.  

“Tens of thousands of lives will be saved as a direct result of this budget, and I hope that it will inspire other countries to follow the lead of the United States,” Professor Michel Kazatchkine, the executive director of the Global Fund, said, according the

The United States' contributions make up nearly one-third of the total commitments to the Global Fund, reports.

Founded in 2002, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a public-private partnership and international financial institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

With total commitments of more than $22 billion in grants in 145 countries, the Global Fund provides two-thirds of all international funding to fight tuberculosis and malaria and supports programs providing AIDS treatment to more than half of the all people who need it in the developing world, reports.