I was happy to see the recent letter “Global Fund Fights Against Disease,” regarding the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Global Fund requires transparency, cooperation and accountability, which leads to better governance in the countries receiving assistance. Georgetown University found evidence of this in 15 years of data analysis.
Few people are aware that the U.S. spends just one-fourth of 1% of our federal budget on global health. Yet the Global Fund is a key vehicle for preventing and responding to infectious outbreaks before they reach our shores. Disease is both a cause and result of poverty. The Global Fund works toward increasing stability in already fragile countries. We need to support it.
Donna Schindler Munro
Bremerton, Washington (June 23)