2021 Global Poverty Laser Talk

February 5, 2021

A Global Pandemic Requires a Global Response

Engage: As a leader in global health and development, the United States must urgently respond to the COVID-19 crisis to curb major health setbacks in low-income countries. Estimates are that global health gains could be set back by 5-10 years due to the pandemic.

Problem: Nearly two thirds of AIDS, TB, and malaria programs report service disruptions. And a new World Bank estimate suggests that COVID-19 will drive over 150 million people into extreme poverty during 2021 if we do not mitigate the impact.

Inform or Illustrate: That’s why we’re calling on Congress to prioritize $20 billion toward global COVID-19 relief, including $4 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and $2 billion for anti-hunger efforts, with $500 million of that going to combat malnutrition.

Call to Action: The world can’t wait. Although COVID-19 has caused universal disruption, it is the communities already facing poverty, that are experiencing the worst impacts. U.S leadership must rise to the occasion. How may I follow up with you on this?

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