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U.S., International Community Announce Global Fund Contributions; Obama Announces $100 Million for HIV Research, Signs PEPFAR Reauthorization

December 3, 2013

"President Obama pledged Monday to give up to $5 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years, saying that an 'AIDS-free generation' may be within reach," the Washington Post reports (Cha, 12/2). "Obama made the announcement ... at a White House event marking World AIDS Day, which was Sunday -- and as health leaders and philanthropists gathered in Washington to determine how to replenish the major global health fund," the Associated Press writes (Neergaard, 12/2). According to Reuters, "the president said the United States would contribute $1 for every $2 pledged by other donors over the next three years to support the [fund]," up to $5 billion (Felsenthal, 12/2). "Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spoke after President Obama and announced a major new contribution to the Global Fund, committing up to $500 million for the 2014-2016 period," a Global Fund press release states (12/2). Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at a Global Fund partnership symposium on Tuesday, according to a separate Global Fund press release (12/2). The E.U. announced "new support of over $500 million," the Delegation of the European Union to the United States writes in a press release (12/2). Canada increased its contribution "to $650 million over three years -- up from $500 million," the Globe and Mail reports (Galloway, 12/2). In two press releases, the Global Fund examines contributions from Japan as well as the private sector (12/2).

At the White House event, Obama "said he is steering $100 million to the [NIH] for research into a cure for HIV/AIDS, a prospect about which some scientists are increasingly optimistic, despite huge challenges," the Wall Street Journal notes (McKay/Favole, 12/2). He also "signed legislation enacted last month to extend the 10-year-old [PEPFAR program], started by President Bush," according to NPR's "Shots" blog. "Obama boasted that PEPFAR has exceeded the goal -- thought to be ambitious when he set it on World AIDS Day two years ago -- of getting anti-HIV treatment to six million people in developing countries," the blog notes (Knox, 12/2). "[W]e have helped 6.7 million people receive lifesaving treatment and we're going to keep at it," Obama said, according to the speech transcript (12/2). "Members of Congress and activists including Archbishop Desmond Tutu had called on the administration to commit to double the reach of [PEPFAR] over the next few years, but Obama made no such announcement on Monday," Politico notes (Epstein, 12/2). "The president also said he first seeks to name a replacement for Ambassador Eric Goosby, who until October served as the U.S. global AIDS coordinator tasked with administering PEPFAR, before setting a new target for the program," according to USA Today (Madhani, 12/2).

Additional coverage is available from Agence France-Presse, CNN's "Political Ticker," CQ HealthBeat, The Hill, New York Times, NBC News, United Press International, VOA News, and the Wall Street Journal.

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This information was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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