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FOREIGN AID: U.S. can help children around the world

Letter by Phyllis A. Bjorkman, Tacoma on June 8, 2011 at 11:43 am with 11 Comments »
June 8, 2011 11:43 am

People in the streets of Nairobi will be singing praises to the U.S. for help in saving their children from death by pneumococcal disease and rotavirus. Each year 800,000 and 500,000 deaths respectively around the world. If the U.S. pledges funds next week at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) as developing and other donor governments and non-governmental organizations will do; we will be well remembered all over the world.

GAVI is focused on rapidly increasing access to new vaccines as they become available and in keeping the costs down. If the U.S. will pledge $450 million over three years, that help will increase long-term political and financial support for the program helping stabilize developing countries.

President Obama has been receiving letters of support for this from members of Congress, including our Rep. Norm Dicks. This will be an efficient way to use our foreign aid dollars.

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  1. jjohnson67 says:

    There are children in the US who go hungry every day. There are children in the US who go to schools and have to share school books while their buildings are in such disrepair that they are falling down around them. There are children in the US who have no medical insurance and can’t get help with easily-cured illnesses that they have. There are children in the US who need help battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases and that need transplants that aren’t being helped because their parents can’t cover the costs due to no medical insurance.

    It’s good to help others throughout the world. In my humble opinion, charity should be given to other countries only AFTER our own are taken care of.

  2. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Naive Phyllis – We have many problems inside our own borders – maybe we should take care of those as priority ONE and move onto other international issues at a later time. We currently have 43 million Americans on food stamps – that is a problem and needs to be fixed before we shall out tax dollars to overseas failed economies!

  3. Omega6234 says:

    I didnt realize that all of our children in this country were perfectly fine. hmmm.. i guess all those stories i hear in the Papers and on TV about kids going hungry is B.S.!!

  4. BlaineCGarver says:

    Africa is truly tragic. What is true and sad is that when the saved childred are sexually mature, they will have about an 80% chance of contracting HIV, and other life shortening STDs. This will remain true as long as uneducated people retain the morals of cats in heat. (Refering, of course, to the men…who seem free to rape as they see fit) I suspect the same is true in most third world countries.

  5. concernedtacoma7 says:

    We have given money to 3rd world countries for decades. How many of them are singing the praises of America? Zero. Get your head out of the clouds.

    You can donate to any organization you like. My tax dollars are not for charity, they are for the public good in America

  6. aislander says:

    Phyllis writes: “This will be an efficient way to use our foreign aid dollars.”

    In this age of crushing national, state, and local government debt we should eliminate ALL foreign aid and let the good works be done by those organizations created to do good works…

  7. jjohnson67 says:

    Looks like Phyllis is out voted. Now if we could only get all our elected officials to agree with us, the citizens with common sense, we might get out of this mess.

  8. I beg to differ with the letter writer, we have children in the US who go hungry every day, and do not have access to health care. We need to take care of our own children before we venture over seas!

  9. itwasntmethistime says:

    It seems rather cruel to prolong the misery of starving children. I would liken it to providing an oxygen tank to a guy trapped in a burning house so that he can be conscious when he burns to death instead of mercifully passing out from the smoke.

  10. harleyrider1 says:

    1 out of every 4 children in America go hungry every day according to our own government and other sources:


    For just one year – just one year – I would ask that America feed its own. If we can feed our starving children, then feed our adults. Then if we have money left over, be generous.

    Put it in this perspective: if you can’t feed all your children and someone gives America money (tax income) – do you give it to another country or should you use it to feed your own children first? Especially since we are the ones “giving” the money. Not the best analogy but it should make my point.

  11. Investment in foreign aid is actually good for our country—70 former high ranking military – Admirals and Generals have written Congress to point out the importance of foreign aid to both our national security, and for global stability. Also, the US chamber of Commerce wrote to Congress this year, reminding them that foreign aid investments help build the U.S. economy. They note that last year a full 50% of US exports went to developing countries last year – i.e. poor countries. Neither the military or the US Chamber of Commerce are considered bleeding heart liberals. They have their own agendas that they feel are dramatically advanced by foreign aid. The GAVI appropriation for three years totals a fraction of what we currently spend in Afghanistan in less than two DAYS. We can afford it. We can also afford to feed our own children. It is a matter of priorities.

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