People spoke, Congress listened, funded global AIDS program

Congress is listening: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria was fully funded this week in Lyon, France. After letters to the editor in a majority of states, along with calls, letters, and visits by constituents in all 50 states, congressional leaders committed to contribute $4.68 billion over the next three years.

This powerful pledge brought double that amount from other donors to give a total of just over $14 billion needed to keep us on track to save 16 million more lives, avert 234 million new infections, and keep us on the path to control these pandemics by 2030. Thanks to U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene for being a part of the bipartisan team that made this happen.

May this usher in a new era of hope in our world!

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish

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