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Tuberculosis (TB) Advocacy
Tuberculosis (TB) is now the leading infectious killer worldwide, surpassing HIV/AIDS and maleria.Nearly 2 million people die from the disease every year. TB primarily affects vulnerable populations, such as those living with HIV/AIDS and those with poor access to health care. Treatment is relatively simple and affordable, however, the emergence of drug resistant strains of the disease poses an increasing threat. Our mission is to get these treatments into the hands of those who desperately need them.
By working with developing nations to address preventable disease, international foreign aid has played a key role in saving millions of lives globally. Investments in global health have been instrumental in tackling the biggest killer diseases and reducing preventable maternal and child deaths; however, there is still more work to be done. The Fund for Global Health advocates for accelerating progress by increasing funding for programs with the greatest potential to reduce death and disease. The impacts of these investments are far reaching and have a high return – they improve quality of life for the world’s poorest, increase stability abroad, and bolster our health security at home.
Our dedicated team of advocates and partnered organizations are fighting to step up funding for TB programs. We are lobbying Congress to dramatically increase aid for these programs and use that aid as effectively as possible. Specifically, we are asking Congress for the following:
- An additional $150 million appropriation for the USAID account to address drug-susceptible TB
- That 80% of USAID TB funding go only to projects with annual targets for additional people treated as a result of U.S. assistance
- That USAID report annually to Congress on its progress towards these targets
We accomplish this in two distinct, yet connected methods. First, we target our lobbying and advocacy efforts towards the State and Foreign Operations subcommittees of Appropriations in charge of appropriating foreign aids. We also greatly encourage participation from local constituents in reaching out to their members of congress and staff for effective citizen advocacy and lobbying. In turn, this will help develop a long-term presence of local lobbying groups in these communities.
Write your congressman
A recent report by the Congressional Management Foundation found 88% of Congressional staff stated that personalized letters had some to a lot of inﬂuence on lawmakers. Write your Member of Congress on the State and Foreign Operations subcommittees, and ask them to to increase funding for TB. Click the link below to see our action sheet which lays out step-by-step how to write an effective letter to your member of Congress.
Join the Coalition for TB impact
We believe in working closely with other organizations, building alliances to bring about change. Towards this end, we created the Coalition for TB impact to fight for real improvments in global TB treatment. We are bringing together international humanitarian aid groups, non-governmental organizations, healthcare providers, and socially conscious businesses to push for change.