Public Figures Urge U.S. Congress To Provide Strong Support To Global Fund In FY20 Budget
Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Leading public figures make statement in support of the Global Fund
In a letter to Congress, Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation; Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.; Rick Warren, pastor at Saddleback Church; Charlize Theron, founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project; Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate majority leader; and Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senate majority leader, discuss the role of the Global Fund in ending the HIV, TB, and malaria epidemics and urge Congress to appropriate $1.56 billion for the Global Fund in FY 2020. The group writes, “This amount is consistent with continuing the U.S. government’s ‘leader’s share’ in providing 33% of resources for this lifesaving organization. A strong signal of support and investment from the U.S. Congress will save millions of lives and be catalytic in leveraging the action needed from other donors to join forces with the United States to finally end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria once and for all” (5/8).