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AID: Don’t leave matching donor funds on the table

Letter by William K. Dickerson, Snohomish on Dec. 18, 2013 at 9:09 am | No Comments »
December 18, 2013 9:09 am

Re: “Trapped in the news cycle” (TNT, 11-18).

Jonathan Bernstein is right that “it’s the policy accomplishments that count” for a presidency, not the front-page news battles.

President Obama made the right policy decision pledging $5 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This pledge is based on matching other donors 1 to 2, thus giving the Global Fund the $15 billion it needs to be successful in the battle to control AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria.

The president urged other donors not to leave any of this money on the table. So far $8 billion has been pledged, totalling $12 billion for the Global Fund. There is still another $1 billion to be matched by $2 billion from other donors.

This was a good policy decision by the president and should be front-page news. An AIDS-free generation is the prize along with millions of lives saved in the process.

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