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Take action:  Write your MEMBER OF CONGRESS


Writing a letter to your U.S. Senator or Representative is the first step to making a difference for global health. Letters from constituents like you encourage Members of Congress to support increased and more effective aid to meet global health challenges.

Writing a letter to your U.S. Senator or Representative is the first step to making a difference for global health. Letters from constituents like you encourage Members of Congress to support increased and more effective aid to meet global health challenges.

write a brief, personalized email to your MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Here’s a suggested outline:

  1. Summarize your request in the subject line e.g. "Take the lead on increasing funding for global TB."

  2. Introduce yourself and thank them for some recent action if you can.

  3. Briefly describe the problem and why you care about it. If you have personal experience with the problem, share it. 

  4. State what you’re asking them to do and ask for a reply. You might add that you’re supporting Fund for Global Health’s ask.

  5. Sign with your name and address.

  6. Address the message to “Member of Congress’ name c/o staffers’ name” and email to the staffer whose name is at the link below.

You can see short templates at the links below for help in getting started, but it’s important to personalize it. Brief, thoughtful messages are taken much more seriously than cut-and-paste emails.

Click here for the templates, plus a list of the Members of Congress serving on the State and Foreign Operations subcommittees of Appropriations and contact information for their foreign affairs staffers.

Physicians, click here for templates and suggested ways to personalize your message.

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