Deseret News
Letter to the editor

In 2002, the world came together to fight back, creating the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This international partnership has helped save 27 million lives since 2002.

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Yet we cannot consider the issue solved. Growing drug resistance. Funding shortfalls. Wavering political resolve. These are all threats to the progress made.

Yet the Global Fund has a plan for keeping its lifesaving work going, if only we will support it. The U.S. must rise to its responsibility in this.

I urge the administration to continue strong support for the Global Fund by recommitting to provide at least one-third of the total $14 billion that will be asked for in October by the Global Fund. Science shows that we can end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, but only if we maintain the political will to do so.

Heather Buchanan