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 …