Washington, D.C., December 23, 2022— Malaria No More CEO Martin Edlund issued the following statement on the FY2023 Congressional omnibus package:
Today, Congress finalized its FY2023 omnibus funding package, which includes $2 billion for the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an increase of 28 percent over FY22. The bill also includes a $20 million increase to funding for bilateral U.S. malaria programs with $795 million for the U.S President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). We are grateful to our champions in Congress for their extraordinary, continued leadership. This new high level of funding indicates that malaria, and global health more broadly, remains a priority for the United States.
As the recent WHO World Malaria Report shows, investments in malaria interventions continue to be highly effective, saving 11.7 million lives since 2000— 1 million of those lives in 2021 alone. But COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to health systems, stalling the malaria fight and straining global budgets. Programs like PMI, which trains and supports a vast network of community health workers, can help sustain malaria progress and stabilize broader health systems. Malaria No More looks forward to working with both Congress and the Administration to grow resources for PMI and sustain critical funding for the Global Fund in Fiscal Year 2024 and beyond.