2022 Global Poverty Laser Talks
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Engage: At the height of the AIDS crisis, the world came together to fight back, pooling its resources to create the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This partnership has helped save 44 million lives, and it has become the most powerful tool for funding community-led responses to health.
State Problem: But COVID-19 sent progress against AIDS, TB and malaria tumbling backwards for the first time in decades. As just one example, more than a million more people missed out on lifesaving treatment for tuberculosis last year.
Inform: The Global Fund now has a new plan to support countries to save 20 million lives, claw back progress against the diseases, and build the health systems to help stop the pandemics of the future. This fall, the U.S. will host a pledging conference, rallying global donors to invest the full $18 billion needed to put the new plan into action. And President Biden has said he intends to pledge $6 billion from the U.S. over the next three years, matching $1 for every $2 from other countries.
Call to Action: Bipartisan leadership in Congress is now needed to deliver that funding, push the White House to show more global leadership, and encourage other global donors to come forward. Can we count on you to push for $2 billion in Fiscal Year 2023, and be a champion for the Global Fund?
Engage: No matter where they live, all children deserve a strong start in life. Shockingly, even before the COVID-19 crisis, malnutrition was an underlying cause of almost half of all preventable deaths of children under age 5.
State Problem: But these child deaths linked to malnutrition point to an even bigger problem – that a staggering 22% of the world’s children under age 5 are permanently stunted because of malnutrition. Stunting is the impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition.
Inform: Fortunately, Congress has introduced a bipartisan bill, the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act (S.2956/H.R.4693) that calls for a coordinated USAID strategy, clear targets, and solid interventions so that assistance reaches the most impoverished children.
Call to Action: Children should not just survive; they should thrive. Will you cosponsor the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act? I would be happy to provide any additional information your office might need.