June 2009: Urge Congress to Invest in Ending Diseases of Poverty

We’ve allocated trillions of dollars to banks and car companies during this economic crisis. Certainly we can find several billion dollars to keep our promises to those hurt the most by the crisis — the world’s poorest.

The World Bank estimates that 46 million will be pushed into abject poverty in 2009 because of the financial crisis. This is on top of the 1.4 billion already living on less than $1.25 per day.

The U.S. and other developed nations must invest more in poor nations, not less, during this financial crisis. I am calling to ask my member of Congress to speak to lead foreign operations appropriators and request that they fund key development programs at the following levels for 2010:

  • Microfinance at $500 million
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria at $2 billion
  • Bilateral TB at $650 million
  • Education at $2 billion, with $1 billion of this going to nations with approved Fast Track national education plans

Can I count on my member of Congress to speak to appropriators about these requests?