Take action:  Write your representative or senator


Ask Congress to increase funding for tuberculosis treatment 

By working with developing nations to address preventable diseases, the U.S. has saved millions of lives and lifted vulnerable people around the world out of poverty. However, there is still much work to be done. Tuberculosis kills more adults than any other infectious disease, ranking above HIV/AIDS. It is also by far the most underfunded of U.S. global disease programs relative to its burden.  Communities and families in developing countries continue to be devastated by TB, despite the existence of inexpensive and effective methods of treatment for the great majority of cases.  

 

 This picture shows the same tuberculosis patient at the time of her diagnosis (left side) and at the time of discharge.  Photo: St. Thomas Home CC BY

This picture shows the same tuberculosis patient at the time of her diagnosis (left side) and at the time of discharge.  Photo: St. Thomas Home CC BY

How to write an effective email to your Senator or Representative

The most effective emails are very brief and pointed. Here are some tips for making your email as strong as possible.  

Address your email to the Legislative Assistant (LA) who covers foreign policy. To find that person's name and email you can use one of the Congressional staff directories available online. See for example  http://capwiz.com/fconl/officials/membersearch/

  1. Summarize your request in the subject line e.g. "Please increase funding for TB."
  2. Introduce yourself as a constituent, and thank them for something if you can.
  3. Tell them what you are asking them to do.  In this case, request
    1.  An additional $150 million appropriation for the USAID tuberculosis program.
    2.  That 80% of USAID TB funding go only to projects with annual targets for additional people   treated as a result of U.S. assistance
    3.  That USAID report annually to Congress on its progress towards these targets
  4. Say very briefly why this is something that needs doing and why it matters to you, using one or two facts or statistics that struck you.  If you have a personal experience with the issue, share it!
  5.  Sign with your name and address.