2021 Global Poverty Laser Talks


March 4, 2021

FY 2022 Appropriations: Global Tuberculosis

Engage: We’ve proven that it’s possible to make rapid progress against a pandemic if we focus political will and resources at the problem.

Problem: Prior to COVID-19, tuberculosis (TB) has been the leading infectious disease killer in the world for years, taking 1.4 million lives in 2019 and sickening 10 million. And COVID-19 has made it worse, interrupting treatment and diverting resources normally used for TB. Experts estimate that TB efforts have been set back ten years or more.

Inform: TB is a curable disease that continues to be the top infectious disease killer in low- and middle-income countries globally, largely due to a lack of attention and resources. Imagine what we could accomplish if we tackled TB with the same resolve as we did COVID-19. With additional resources we could save lives, strengthen health systems and pandemic response, and ultimately end TB as a global health threat.

Call to Action: It’s time to end TB. Will the senator please include $1 billion for bilateral tuberculosis in her/his submission to the leadership of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of Appropriations (Senators Coons and Graham)?

FY 2022 Appropriations: Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

Engage: An estimated 80% of the world’s school-age children have experienced disruptions in their education due to COVID-19. Children living in poverty and those from marginalized communities have had it the worst.

Problem: And even before COVID-19, an estimated 617 million children and adolescents around the world were unable to reach minimum proficiency levels in reading and math, even though two-thirds of them were in school.

Inform: The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has proven that coordinating resources around country-owned national education plans can make a difference. Since 2002, GPE has supported over 160 million more children to be in school receiving a quality education. And now it’s more important than ever to invest in global education.

Call to Action: Will the senator please include $150 million for GPE, in her/his submission to the leadership of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of Appropriations (Senators Coons and Graham)? And will the senator sign on to a letter which asks appropriators for robust funding for the Global Partnership for Education and basic education?

FY 2022 Appropriations: Global Nutrition

Engage: It’s distressing that one in three of the world’s children under age five are malnourished. 3.1 million child deaths are attributed to severe malnutrition every year – that’s 45 percent of deaths for that age group.

Problem: And COVID-19 has made it worse, driving an estimated 150 million additional people into extreme poverty around the world. Children living in extreme poverty are much more likely to be malnourished.

Inform: Greater investment in a handful of interventions like vitamin A supplements, pre-natal nutrition for women, therapeutic foods like Plumpy’Nut, and exclusive breastfeeding could make all the difference. For example, vitamin A can reduce child deaths by up to 24 percent, and infants that are exclusively breastfed are 14 times less likely to die in the first six months of life.

Call to Action: Increasing support for global nutrition is critical for child survival. Will the senator please include $300 million for global nutrition in her/his appropriations submission to the leadership of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of Appropriations (Senators Coons and Graham)? And will the senator sign on to a bipartisan maternal/child health and nutrition letter which asks appropriators for robust funding?

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