Coalition Letter to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Encouraging Support of Efforts to Significantly Increase Funding for Global HIV/AIDS Programs in the FY 2002 Supplemental Bill

April 25, 2002

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Member of Congress:

As organizations working to address the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, we are writing to encourage you to support efforts made to significantly increase funding for global HIV/AIDS programs in the FY 2002 Supplemental bill.

Globally, HIV/AIDS has reached pandemic proportions. Today, an estimated 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and 14,000 people are infected every day. Recognizing the emergency nature of the problem, both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate are joining in an effort to significantly increase the commitment of the United States to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.

It is essential that we support efforts to increase multilateral funding provided to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and U.S. bilateral funding provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This Global Fund, a new and innovative response formed by world leaders, is designed to provide a comprehensive international response to the pandemic. Although the first grants were awarded this week, only a small proportion of the applications were approved due to a lack of funds.

Attached is a letter signed by over 70 members of the House of Representatives urging an additional $750 million to fight HIV/AIDS globally in the FY 2002 Supplemental bill. The undersigned organizations strongly urge you to heed this call and include significant additional funding in the FY 2002 Supplemental bill to continue to address this pandemic today.

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