To the editor:

Take heart if you have been worried about bitter political divides; the United States Congress has been doing good work on things that really matter.

Congress still recognizes the importance of American leadership to fight diseases.

Nearly 20 years of U.S. support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria has helped save 27 million lives worldwide.

This summer, Congress has shown that our partnership in battling the three most deadly diseases on Earth may still end these health epidemics by 2030, as planned.

Continued leadership from the United States Congress sends an important message to all the world that our commitment to the Global Fund is unwavering, even in uncertain political times!

This U.S. leadership is crucial for encouraging our allies, and countries facing these epidemics among their populations, to continue to invest in health battles worth winning.

The Global Fund plan will cut the death toll and stop hundreds of millions of new cases of disease, but only with continued, focused efforts.

Locally, our Representative, Dr. Raul Ruiz, has supported this important leadership role for the U.S.A.

I am proud that the United States stands for sharing health innovations and treatment ideas with other regions of the world.

I thank Dr. Ruiz, and his staff, for their efforts to end treatable disease.

Our country can be unified and powerful in the fight against infectious killers which threaten people everywhere

Lynne Patalano, Beaumont


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