Re: “Potential to put end to malaria needs big push” (Michael Gerson column, 8-14).
“A baby dies every 60 seconds from malaria” is a startling statement. Thus the possibility of a malaria vaccine is good news indeed.
Gerson writes about the problem of getting the vaccine to the people who need it in the poorer parts of the world. Enter the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It is the answer to dispensing this and other vaccines and medicines.
The Global Fund calls for and funds grants from local governments and nonprofits on the ground where treatment is needed, with little overhead. The fund follows up to make sure the money produces results or withdraws the grant.
So this fall, when the Global Fund has its three year pledge appeal, America needs to make a pledge that will inspire others. Normally for each dollar America gives, other donors provide two more. The Global Fund could get $30 billion in grants, according to Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, well-known economist and adviser to the U.N.
So, why not go for the gold and give the $10 billion that will generate $30 billion and end these three plagues? Congress will respond if it hears from enough voters. Pick up the phone, America: No baby needs to die this minute.