Washington, D.C., December 19, 2019— This week the House of Representatives and Senate passed H.R. 1865, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, which includes increased funding for vital life-saving programs to end malaria through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
This FY2020 minibus appropriations bill includes $1.56 billion for the Global Fund, a 15.6 percent increase above the FY2019 enacted level. The U.S. contribution for FY2020 will account for approximately 33 percent of total Global Fund annual funding and will be used as the first installment of the U.S. pledge for the 2020-2022 funding cycle. For its 2020-2022 funding cycle, the Global Fund raised over $14 billion this past October, including U.S. commitments.
To help fight the insecticide resistance that threatens critical progress against malaria in Africa, the bill also includes an additional $15 million in funding for PMI, for a total of $770 million in FY2020, to help procure new bed nets treated with next generation insecticides. This funding level is a new high-water mark for PMI.
“Malaria No More commends the bipartisan support from House and Senate Leadership, as well as Members of the Appropriations Committee and all of our Congressional Champions, who, once again, demonstrated steadfast American leadership in helping to save the lives of millions of vulnerable people from malaria, especially pregnant women and children,” said Josh Blumenfeld, Managing Director for Global Policy and Advocacy, Malaria No More. “By rejecting cuts to our international affairs budget, and instead, increasing funding for the Global Fund and PMI, the Congress demonstrated that saving lives and building healthy, resilient communities advances our interests in the world.”
In 2018, the Global Fund helped test 220 million suspected malaria cases, treat 110 million malaria cases and distribute 131 million bed nets. In FY2018, PMI protected more than 570 million people at risk of malaria. Since 2000, global efforts, led by U.S. leadership, investments, and innovation, have saved seven million lives and prevented more than one billion cases of the disease.
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