Congresswoman Lee Commends Seventh Replenishment of the Global Fund Hosted by President Biden
Washington DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) today applauded the Biden administration’s announcement of $6 billion in new funding for the Global Fund at the Seventh Replenishment Conference during this year’s United Nations General Assembly.
The United States is proud to be a founding member of, and the largest single donor to, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund). Started in 2002, the Global Fund is a unique financing mechanism that relies on a dynamic partnership among governments, the private sector, and civil society to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) , and malaria in ways that contribute to strengthening health systems.
“Twenty years after we established the initial framework for the Global Fund, it has become a powerful force for change within the global health infrastructure, saving over 44 million lives from AIDS, TB, and malaria,” said Congresswoman Lee. “I commend the Biden Administration’s announcement of an additional $6 billion in funding for the Global Fund, and look forward to continuing to partner with the administration and our partners in the fight to save lives and see the first AIDS-free generation.”
The FY 2023 State, Foreign Operation, and Related Programs House bill includes $2 billion for the Global Fund in support of the $6 billion, three-year pledge announced by the United States today.
Congresswoman Lee was inspired by her predecessor, Congressman Ron Dellums, to establish the framework for the Global Fund. She worked closely with Republican Jim Leach to get H. Res. 3519, the Global AIDS and Tuberculosis Relief Act of 2000, through the Banking Committee, which was eventually signed by President Bill Clinton in 2000. The legislation was later championed at the United Nations by Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Congresswoman Lee is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She serves as Co-Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. She also serves as Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. As a member of the House Democratic Leadership, she is the highest ranking Black woman in the U.S. Congress.