Washington, D.C., March 30, 2018 – Congress passed the 2018 omnibus spending bill that provides robust funding for important U.S. global health programs, including the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which have been instrumental in saving nearly seven million lives from malaria since 2000.
The omnibus spending bill rejected proposed cuts to U.S. foreign assistance, sustaining America’s leadership in the world with robust funding for global health programs, specifically, $755 million for PMI, and $1.35 billion for the Global Fund. The U.S. is the largest funder of global malaria efforts, making the investment critical for sustaining global progress against the disease.
“We are grateful to our many champions in Congress for continuing to advance America’s leadership in the world, including in the fight against malaria. The United States’ funding and steadfast commitment for more than a decade have been game-changing for the global fight to end malaria,” said Josh Blumenfeld, Managing Director for Global Policy and Advocacy, Malaria No More. “PMI and the Global Fund are among the most effective U.S. investments we make in the world, and demonstrates the U.S.’ enduring commitment to save lives in Africa, protect our global health security and our diplomatic and war fighters stationed overseas, advance U.S. diplomacy, and spread American values.”
In September 2017, USAID Administrator Mark Green announced that PMI was expanding its effective program to bring more core malaria-fighting tools to an additional 90 million people at risk of malaria.