What We’re Reading: Global Funding for HIV/AIDS and Health on Capitol Hill

A prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) training in Malawi, where HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts have reduced the number of new infections by 72 percentover the last decade.

James Pursey/EGPAF

This week, we’re learning about global approaches to funding to fight HIV/AIDS, and reading about a global health meeting on Capitol Hill.

Huffington Post – “Why the Global Fund Is a Terrific InvestmentThe Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced on Monday that the organization will need $15 billion over the next 3 years to continue its work around the world. In this piece for the Huffington Post, Bill Gates, whose foundation has contributed nearly $1.5 billion to the Global Fund, writes about why he’s committed to the Global Fund and its efforts to battle the most deadly diseases around the world.

World Bank – “Saving Lives, Supporting Healthy Development through Results-Based Financing” Results-based financing for global health programs and development efforts ties funding to outputs – more women accessing prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services, more children born in health facilities. In an article from World Bank, the authors discuss how this financing model has saved lives and improved health systems from Afghanistan to Rwanda.

EGPAF – “EGPAF Urges Continued U.S. Leadership on HIV and AIDS Funding” This week, President Obama released his budget for the year. Though the budget includes funding for domestic and global anti-HIV/AIDS efforts, the financing is below what is necessary to further the U.S. government’s commitment to creating an AIDS-free generation. EGPAF is focused on eliminating pediatric HIV, but needs the support of the U.S. government to make that dream a reality.

Huffington Post – “Changing the Course of History With $15 Billion” Malawi has made tremendous strides in its battle against HIV/AIDS, reducing the incidence of new infections by 72 percent from 2001 to 2011. In this piece from the Huffington Post, Malawi president Joyce Banda writes about the Global Fund’s role in Malawi’s success in fighting HIV/AIDS, and urges the international community to continue its support for the Fund.

EGPAF – “Global Health Front and Center on Capitol Hill” This week, InterAction – a partnership of over 180 nongovernmental organizations – released a briefing book on the world’s most pressing global health issues – from HIV/AIDS to reproductive health to malaria to water and sanitation. In this blog, we write about how the briefing book shows both the tremendous progress the U.S. government and its partners have made in global health and the long road ahead to achieving our goals.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.