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Letter: Action on diseases

At a time when we hear so much about partisan bickering and nothing being accomplished, I am just delighted to learn that our Congress has come together on behalf of fighting TB, HIV-AIDS and malaria in the developing world.

The bipartisan U.S. representation at the Global Fund Replenishment in Lyons, France, recently committed our country’s support over the next three years to $1.56 billion per year — $4.68 billion total. That is one-third of the total request, the balance of which will be made up by other countries and foundations. This pooling of funds allows for energized efforts to combat these three epidemics, resulting in saving 16 million lives over the next three years and decreasing new infections by up to 50% — which means we could be looking at the end of these devastating diseases.

I want to be sure to thank Sen. Dan Sullivan, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young for their support of this commitment to those suffering in the developing world. And thank you to all who advocated on behalf of this global effort.

— Patricia Kennish

Anchorage

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