Global Fund supports fight against AIDS, TB, malaria

You have to respect Lanni Johnson’s 17-day fast for orca protection! I honor her resolve. Willie Dickerson’s less painful idea (Herald letter to the editor, April 22) to simply ask our congressional leaders for changes has merit, too. He asks for support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria.

TB has recently surpassed HIV/AIDS to become the world’s leading infectious killer. And now extensively drug-resistant TB is on the rise. It has been documented in more than 77 countries, including our own. Few people know that we spend far less than 1 percent of our total federal budget on global health.

Disease is a cause and result of poverty, which increases instability in already fragile countries. The Global Fund generates billions of dollars in health care savings, increased economic activity, and helps establish an efficient local health care treatment structure. This is important for containing deadly pandemics.

You can call the Everett offices of Sens. Maria Cantwell (425-303- 0114) and Patty Murray (425-259-6515) and remind them how important the Global Fund is and to please support it.

Donna Schindler Munro

Bremerton

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