A Fever Should Only Be A Fever

June 4, 2012
Cindy Changyit Levin, RESULTS Chicago

Progress depends on continued funding

These life-saving efforts will not continue if we fail to fund them. Michael Gerson – opinion writer for the Washington Post and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush – said this regarding proposed spending cuts to global health programs in 2011, “Fiscal conservatives tend to justify these reductions as shared sacrifice. But not all sacrifices are shared equally. Some get a pay freeze. Some get a benefit adjustment. Others get a fever and a small coffin.” Simple fevers shouldn’t lead to coffins no matter where a child lives. We must not cut funding to the tiniest people who need it the most.

What can we do?

Now is the time for the world to take care of its children and now is the time to take action. Learn more about child survival at USAID’s website,Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday. You can browse the album of 5-year-old pictures of others who support the movement looking for such notable people as Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and even download your own. Then, contact your members of Congress and urge them to protect childhood survival funding. It takes less time to make a call than to run to the store for Tylenol and can save the lives of millions of children around the world. 

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