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Support Anti-Malaria Programs for Global Health


It is critical that we urge Congress to protect funding for the President's Malaria Iinitative (started by President George W. Bush) and the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during the next round of budget debates.  We also urge members of Congress to join the Malaria and Other Neglected Tropical Disease Caucus as a way to learn more about this disease, its economic and social burden, and how the U.S. government has led and can continue to lead this fight. 

Contact your members of Congress and ask them to robustly support the President's Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund.


Background: fighting the spread of malaria

Malaria, a disease spread through mosquitoes carrying the plasmodium parasite, is responsible for 200 million illnesses a year. Of those 200 million new cases each year, approximately 600,000 of those people will die, including one child every 60 seconds. This is both a humanitarian and an economic crisis. Africa loses approximately $12 billion a year in productivity and healthcare costs due to malaria.

Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease. In 2005, President George W. Bush started the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to help protect the most vulnerable populations from the disease, women and children.  The PMI supports proven and cost-effective prevention and treatment interventions, including insecticide-treated bed nets. At the same time, the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (“the Global Fund”) raises money from world governments and international organizations to stop the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.  Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has distributed more than 410 million insecticide-treated nets to protect families from malaria. The United States’ contribution to the Global Fund is limited to 33%. For every dollar we contribute, other donors must contribute at least two.

Even though these life-saving initiatives amount to less than one half of one percent of the United States’ federal budget, they continue to be threatened in budget debates in Congress. It is critical that we urge Congress to protect funding for the PMI and the Global Fund during the next round of budget debates.  We also urge members of Congress to join the Malaria and Other Neglected Tropical Disease Caucus as a way to learn more about this disease, its economic and social burden, and how the U.S. government has led and can continue to lead this fight.

Jewish Values and global helath

Our tradition teaches that we cannot “stand idly by the blood of our neighbor” (Leviticus 19:16) and must pursue healing, rodeph rephuah.  In today’s increasingly global society, we are all neighbors. By limiting the aid we provide to fight malaria, we limit our help to those who need us to prevent and overcome the disease.

Take Action Now

For more information, visit rac.org/nets to learn about our partnership with Nothing But Nets, or contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Claire Shimberg at 202.387.2800.