Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — “Friends,” as they refer to it — is an advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and expanding U.S. support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Global Fund was created in 2002 to finance programs providing treatment and care for people with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in countries with high disease burden and low resources. Friends was then founded in 2004 to advocate on behalf of the Global Fund in the U.S. As close partners, the Global Fund and Friends work together to ensure the success of global public health programs.
Friends is the leading source of accurate, objective and timely information about the Global Fund in the United States. Specifically targeting policy leaders and decision-makers in Washington, D.C., they share information on the approach the Global Fund takes and the results it achieves. Friends also provides the Global Fund’s Secretariat, based in Geneva, with strategic direction and legislative counsel, tightly integrating the two organizations’ education and communications activities. Finally, they foster collaboration and mutual support between the Global Fund and the U.S. government’s bilateral AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria efforts.