President Barack Obama’s request for $1.1 billion to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will ultimately strengthen health care systems worldwide, Global Fund leadership said today.
Obama requested the funds as part of his $4 trillion budget request for fiscal year 2016.
The budget request fulfills a promise the president made in 2013 when he said his goal was to invest $1 million in the Global Fund for each $2 million the fund received from other donors.
Created in 2002, the Global Fund serves as a partnership between the public, government and the private sector.
The United States is one of the biggest supporters of the fund, having donated one-third of the Global Funds' current resources. In addition, the U.S. held the launch for the fund’s Fourth Replenishment in 2013.
Global Fund leaders said the strong partnership between the fund and various public and private organizations have allowed researchers to make significant progress in fighting HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Some of the most notable supporters are the President’s Malaria Initiative and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.