Thank you for joining our training webinars leading up to our 2023 United to Beat Malaria Leadership Summit which will be held in Washington DC March 26-28th, 2023!
Here, you can watch the recordings of all trainings and read a summary of the key points you need to know as you prepare for your meetings with Members of Congress on March 28th!
Click here to access the Talking Points and other resources to prepare for your Meetings with Congress!
Key Messages for Summit
“Read more” below to study our Key Messaging for your Meetings with Congress related to:
Malaria 101: Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, yet more than 600,000 people die from malaria each year, disproportionately women and children under 5 years old.
Global Health Security: Investments in malaria intervention programs strengthen health systems abroad and help shore up a localized response in future crises.
Covid-19: The COVID-19 pandemic caused critical disruptions for core malaria programs; the impact of supply chain disruptions, health care commodity price increases, and a global recession will have a lasting impact on our success unless Congress doubles down on its historically bipartisan support
Malaria and Our Military: Investments in malaria research and intervention programs ensure our military servicepeople are protected while deployed.
Bipartisanship and National Security: Malaria intervention programs have historically received strong, bipartisan support from Congress, and have in turn provided tremendous value to local communities and our national security.
Framing the Asks
“Read More” below to familiarize yourself with our Asks for Congressional offices related to:
The President’s Malaria Initiative: United to Beat Malaria respectfully requests Congress increase funding for PMI. This funding increase will allow PMI to:
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria: We also support the Global Fund’s request of $2.0 billion for FY24, consistent with its FY23 appropriation. This funding supports diagnostic testing, training and support of community health workers, and disease surveillance in the fight against malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis, as well as new diseases, to contain pandemics where they are.
World Malaria Day: Every year on April 25 we observe World Malaria Day to highlight the continued need for investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. This day drives massive awareness to the fight against malaria, and so we encourage you to share your support for malaria programs on social media, using #WorldMalariaDay.
Bipartisan, Bicameral Malaria and Neglected Tropical Disease Caucuses: Malaria intervention programs have historically seen robust bipartisan, bicameral support, evidenced by investments in key programs and the leadership of our Senate and House Malaria and Neglected Tropical Disease Caucuses. We encourage you to considering joining the caucus!
The 118th Congress
The 118th congress brings with it new opportunities and, of course, some challenges. We have 7 new Senators: 2 Democrats and 5 Republicans. 74 new members in the House and 1 new delegate. Our annual Leadership Summit is taking place early in the new Congress, which means that our meetings may be the first time a staff member or Member of Congress is hearing about United to Beat Malaria.
Working with new congressional members and new members to our key committees means our focus needs to be on education: of our work, our partners’ work, and how healthy communities safe because of malaria intervention programs abroad promote safety at home. We will continue to work with our Champions and directly with Members of Congress and staff to tell the story of malaria intervention programs, the return on U.S. investments, and the need for continued bipartisan support.
What’s on the Hill’s mind right now?
On the Hill, a few major questions are at the top of mind. The impact of COVID-19 is shared by all of us and that is still weighing on members and staff, the Biden administration, and defining how much space there is in Washington for investments in other infectious diseases like malaria.
The other big question right now is on the debt ceiling. An agreement on raising the debt ceiling will consume a lot of air in Washington in the next few months. Our staff has been working tirelessly since last Summer helping the Administration understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on our malaria projects and ensuring that the President’s budget request fully considers the needs of malaria-affected communities.
Malaria Funding Comes from Global and Local Sources
US funding for malaria is significant, but we are not the only funding source. As you can see in the below graph, non-endemic countries and endemic countries alike contribute significantly to malaria control. Through National Malaria Control Programs (NMCP), countries contribute their own dollars to eliminating malaria in their borders. It is so important for our Champions to help their Members of Congress understand that these are largely locally driven approaches, not only US-driven.
PMI has stepped up within USAID to remind folks how their work on the ground, in-country, can help defeat malaria, but can also be directly translated into addressing COVID-19 with its ability to scale resources and by removing malaria cases from strained health systems.
The Global Fund has helped mobilize its capital and resources to be able to get grantees money almost immediately when trying to defeat the big 3 diseases (AIDS, TB, and malaria) + COVID-19.
We are fortunate that even in a divided Congress, malaria programs have historically garnered broad bipartisan support. Our work is bipartisan, our priorities are bipartisan with PMI and the Global Fund, and we will continue to share our story with Members of both parties to advance our programs.
UTBM Requested Approximately $3 Billion Across Malaria Intervention Programs for Fiscal Year 2023
In FY23, UTBM requested $3 billion split between two programs: the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
At the end of 2022, Congress passed the December omnibus bill which funded the government through September 2023 and included $795 million for PMI and $2 billion for the Global Fund. The PMI amount represented a $20 million increase, which we were extremely grateful for, and the Global Fund amount included our full request of $2 billion.
Unfortunately, the Global Fund did fall short of its full replenishment, even though the US appropriated our full ask, and that is because the US pledged $6bn over 3 years, $2 billion per year. The Global Fund considered $18billion to be its target for a full Replenishment, but after totaling all countries commitments to the Global Fund, it only reached $15.7 billion.
We are continuing to work with appropriators and the administration on our FY24 budget asks and will be sure to provide you with those numbers and justifications well before our Summit in March.
Funding will be used at PMI to address issues like drug and insecticide resistance, responding to supply chain disruptions from COVID-19, fully transitioning to next generation bed nets, and training additional Community Health Workers that can serve in dual capacities. Funding for the Global Fund will allow us to reach the needed $18 billion over the 3 years of the Replenishment cycle to hit our full commitment which will allow the Global Fund to save an additional 20 million lives, see a 65% decrease in deaths from Malaria, TB, and AIDS, and provide additional investments into more resilient health systems.
We expect the President will release his budget on March 9th which will set a marker for where the administration and the agencies would like to see funding. While this is by no means an indicator for what appropriators will actually do because Congress has the power of the purse, but it does set the stage for where the Administration wants to see the discussions. The House and the Senate will then start separately working on their own budgets over the next few months for a September deadline.
The Administration’s position on the debt ceiling and the FY24 budget is that they are separate discussions. However, these discussions will undoubtedly be linked and could lead your Member of Congress to be less committal in your Meetings as they wait for spending caps or a debt agreement to come out. We will be following these discussions closely and providing you with the most up to date information as we get it.
Congressional Meetings: What to Expect
Congressional Meeting Do’s and Don’ts
Remember: A successful meeting should feel like a conversation, not a lecture!
Building Relationships with Freshmen Members of Congress
Freshmen members of Congress are those serving their first term in US Congress. We believe that there is a significant benefit to educating our incoming freshmen Members of Congress in order to build affinity toward global health programs early in their careers.
Ways to get to know your freshman Member:
For more tips and tricks, check out this webinar from the Shot@Life Campaign on Establishing Relationships with New Members of Congress
Accepted applicants should register for the Leadership Summit using the link in their acceptance email by no later than Monday, February 13th.
Questions about Summit? Email Wendy Dimas at firstname.lastname@example.org