Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s biggest infectious killer – even though it’s treatable, curable, and preventable. And it’s both a cause and consequence of poverty. For two decades, RESULTS has been working to raise political awareness, change policy, and dramatically scale up international funding to treat and prevent the disease.
The logic is simple enough: a global pandemic needs a global response. But so far, Washington has failed to deliver on its role in the world. First the Administration put a dangerous freeze on funding for the World Health Organization. Now the latest $3 trillion package passed by the House has zero international pandemic funding, and the Senate has put its next bill on hold.
According to press reports, the White House is preparing to exploit a budget trick that would cancel funding for the fight against global poverty. This roundabout move would jeopardize $2-4 billion in aid that Congress has already approved and has been signed into law.
Health leaders from around the world gathered here today to fast track the fight to end tuberculosis. The day’s events included the formal launch by Prime Minister Modi of a strategy to end TB in India by 2025.
TB is the world’s biggest infectious killer – even though it’s treatable, curable, and preventable. Why does this disease still kill more than 4,000 people every single day? Because world leaders haven’t made ending it a priority.
The White House has once again jeopardized the futures of families struggling to put food on the table, kids around the world seeking an education, and millions more people facing poverty. The administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request proposes massive funding cuts to effective anti-poverty programs in the U.S. and around the world. Now the process and final decisions fall to Congress, where there is stiff opposition to much of this budget and where similar proposals failed last year.
With its first federal budget proposal, the White House has taken aim at families struggling to put food on the table, kids around the world seeking an education, and millions more people facing poverty. Proposing massive funding cuts to effective anti-poverty programs, the budget jeopardizes the futures of people across the country and around the world. Now Congress takes up the process.
Every year, Congress decides how to spend the money in the U.S. federal budget. RESULTS urges our lawmakers to support issues that build the foundation to end poverty – health, education, and economic opportunity. These are memos you can use to make FY21 requests of your members of Congress.