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GLOBAL FUND: Nations, individuals can have impact

Letter by Laura C. Marshall, Tacoma on Sep. 21, 2010 at 10:28 am with 3 Comments »
September 21, 2010 10:28 am

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.

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  1. “President Obama needs to pledge $6 billion over three years for the Global Fund.”

    You have got to be kidding us Laura !

    Have you taken a look at the economy, and the State of the Nation ?

  2. “As of 2008, XDR-TB has been found in 49 countries, including the U.S. In New York….”

    And the one in New York was attributed to illegal Mexican aliens.

    “The four greatest immigrant magnet states have over half the TB cases in the U.S.5 In 1992, 27 percent of the TB cases in the United States were among the foreign-born; in California, it was 61 percent of the cases; in Hawaii, 83 percent; and in Washington state, 46 percent. The Queens, New York, health department attributed 81 percent of new TB cases in 2001 to immigrants.”


  3. May I mention that “Grouse” is incorrect. Read the book “Timebomb”. You will see that the source of the Multiple Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis was a Russian. And, through DNA testing of the bacteria, they were able to determine that the bacteria he carried originated in a Russian prison. He had never been within even 1,000 miles of that prison. That is the thing about TB. The New England Journal of Medicine ran a story about a study that showed helping people with TB in Mexico actually saved $3 for every dollar spent in Mexico. It would seem that working with the Global Fund is helpful. For every dollar the U.S. sends there, the rest of the developed world sends $2. We help eliminate these diseases elsewhere, and that helps us avoid them coming to the U.S. Finally, the Global Fund has announced that it can virtually end mother to child transmission of HIV, if they receive adequate funding. In 2008 430,000 babies were born with the death sentence of HIV. They did not do anything to bring that on. And it saves a lot of money to try and treat them. It also makes it more likely that the rest of the world will be friendly to the U.S. That is one heck of a lot cheaper than spending over a trillion dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan!

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