RESULTS Mourns the Death of Rep. Donald Payne

March 6, 2012

Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, issued the following statement:

RESULTS is saddened to learn of the death of Representative Donald Payne, who was a true champion for global health and fighting poverty, particularly in Africa.

As chair and ranking member of the Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, Rep. Payne was an outspoken advocate in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other diseases of poverty. His bold leadership was particularly instrumental in increasing funding to combat tuberculosis, the leading killer of people living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rep. Payne was a steadfast supporter of access to microfinance and education for the very poor, agriculture and nutrition programs to fight hunger, and efforts to bring peace and justice to countries and people in crisis.

We will remember his passionate commitment to these issues. His tireless leadership will be truly missed.

On behalf of RESULTS members in New Jersey and across the country, we extend our sympathies to his family, friends, staff, and colleagues for their loss.