Letters to the Editor

Support the Global Fund

The Global Fund is a partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

In 2002, world leaders joined forces to create its “war chest” to fight these diseases. More than $33 billion in grants to 140 countries have translated into real impact, providing antiretroviral treatment for 8.6 million people living with HIV/AIDS; insecticide-treated bed nets to protect 600 million families from malaria; and detection services for 15 million cases of TB.

The Global Fund seeks at least $13 billion in contributions for the next three-year period to continue its critical work.

I’m asking Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, along with U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Carlos Curbelo, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson, to ensure that the United States maintains funding for the Global Fund at the level of $1.35 billion.

Danny de Varona, Hialeah