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.