Encourage U.S. leaders to support Global Fund

Bainbridge IslandNovember 27, 2013 

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.

The Peninsula Gateway is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service