Support continued US global health funding
Every 45 seconds a child dies from Malaria... The United States' global health aid is critical to continue the global fight against diseases of poverty like malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Our government is the number one funder for anti-malaria programs in the world. If the United States government were to cut international aid by $8.2 billion (USD) it would result in 3.8 million fewer African citizens receiving malaria treatment. Even though malaria is entirely preventable and treatable, more than 800,000 people die from this illness every year. In the last 2.5 years more than 300 million bed nets have been distributed, protecting 578 million people. Our efforts are saving lives every day, in 10 years we have seen a 50% reduction in malaria cases in 43 African countries. Now is not the time to scale back our efforts, yet there is a movement in congress to cut global health funding for the 2012 budget by 9%. We must tell congress that we can not cut our government's support for vital global health funding.