As the United States and the world face the COVID-19 threat, we must not forget our partners in low-income countries.
Our aid has helped these countries make great progress on child health, diseases and education. But these advances are precarious and COVID-19 is already compromising basic vaccination services, education and access for testing and treatment of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The US should lean on our alliances with effective international organizations with proven success like Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria to amplify the response.
Rep. Rick Larsen and Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell should write and speak with U.S. House and Senate leadership to ensure that our response to the COVID-19 crisis includes support for global health and education in low-income partner nations. This is the right thing to do and produce better results for us in the end.