In the wake of the destructive typhoon in the Philippines, I have uncovered some frightening statistics.
The World Health Organization estimates nearly 12 million people in the Philippines (about 13 percent of the population) are at risk of dying from malaria. Unfortunately, that estimate was made prior to the typhoon, and now many more are at risk.
World leaders will meet in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 3 to pledge support for the Global Fund to fight the world’s deadliest pandemics: AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
In order to continue those efforts, the Global Fund is asking the United States to pledge $5 billion over three years. The pledge would be a continuation of the planned $1.65 billion contribution for this year.
This strong show of support from the United States will encourage the international community to increase its support of the Global Fund.
Please join in encouraging our leadership to support a $5 billion commitment to the Global Fund, which will provide hope to countries, like the Philippines, that desperately need our support.