March 2008: Asking representatives to support a strong global HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria act

Introduction: Hi, my name is _______ and I live in the _______ district. I’m a volunteer with RESULTS, an organization working to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. Tuberculosis kills 1.7 million people each year — one person every 20 seconds. TB is the leading killer of people with HIV/AIDS.

Engage: Basic tuberculosis can be treated and cured with about $20 worth of drugs. But under-funding and incomplete treatment of basic TB has created new, drug resistant strains that cost thousands of dollars to treat.

Problem: The World Health Organization estimates there are 500,000 cases of multi-drug resistant TB, or MDR-TB, in 45 countries, including the U.S.

Inform: Next week the House of Representatives will be voting on the Lantos/Hyde AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2008.* This is potentially the most important global health legislation ever enacted.

The bill authorizes $50 billion over 5 years and includes the following TB provisions:

  • The Stop TB Now Act
  • Strong targets for addressing TB-HIV co-infection
  • $4 billion to fight TB
  • $2 billion in FY09 for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

Call to Action: Will you please support this bipartisan bill and see that it is passed with these TB provisions in the act?

*Official title: Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 (H.R.5501)