Advocacy groups worked to rally representatives on the Hill in support of lifesaving global health programs as word came down Friday that fiscal year 2012 numbers for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will likely be decided over the weekend.
Advocates are pressing for the Senate funding committee’s funding levels, which essentially preserve current funding for PEPFAR and the Global Fund. The House of Representatives subsumed all global programs in one funding number—which represents more than a nine percent reduction over current funding, leaving the Obama Administration to parcel out the much smaller funding pie among all global health programs. Moreover, the House funding bills do not explicitly include the $300 million in funding from the Global Fund that has been historically committed through the National Institutes of Health budget, leaving resources for the Global Fund short at least $300 million. This potential cut in the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund would have a disastrous impact on a program that provides a lifeline to millions with HIV, TB and malaria across the developing world.
Stay tuned to Science Speaks for updates.