Congress should fund global fight against disease

Disease is in the news. Particularly, infectious disease that makes its way here. But we have a cure for that. An effective way to combat the worst diseases before they get here to the United States.

It is the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund has worked really well. Since 2002 the Global Fund has helped save 27 million lives in the world. Lives saved, disease blocked from making its way here. What is not to like?

Now the Global Fund needs us. To save 16 million more lives from 2020 to 2022 the Global Fund needs $14 billion. The U.S. share is one-third; $4.7 billion over three years is a cheap investment in saving lives globally. And a cheap, effective way to keep disease away from our shores.

Now we just need our Congress people and senators to convince this administration to do the right thing and fund the Global Fund.

Ronald Borovec

Bothell

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