With the approaching Pierce County AIDS Walk Saturday, I appreciate the organizations that work for our neighbors living with HIV-AIDS. I appreciate also the work of organizations in poor countries, in which 4.9 million lives were saved by grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
For pennies a day per person, continued funding of these proven programs means whole communities are saved. Survivors can provide for their families; in turn, promoting stable, productive societies. Without effective, accountable programs, diseases like HIV-AIDS and TB continue to threaten us here in the U.S. As of 2008, XDR-TB has been found in 49 countries, including the U.S. In New York, a TB outbreak ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars in eradication and treatments.
President Obama needs to pledge $6 billion over three years for the Global Fund. The amount we pledge impacts funding pledged by other donor countries. The Global Fund is an effective tool to improve health, safety and our own national security.
On a local level, people can give a little of their time, talents or money. On a global level, they can make an impact by calling their senators’ offices. Ask them to support the $6 billion pledge for the Global Fund. It’s a pledge for giving the world hope, a pledge to save peoples’ lives.