Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY 16th)
16th-term Democrat from New York.
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Writing in Support of Global Health Funding

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Rep. Eliot Engel
Sen. Charles Schumer

February 15, 2013


I am writing to encourage you to support ongoing funding for foreign aid to support global health initiatives, especially in the coming negotiations surrounding potential budget cuts. In particular, the WHO has recognized TB, HIV and Malaria as three of the most deadly diseases in the emerging world, the impact of which could be greatly ameliorated through continued financial support from nations like the US. My wife is currently performing fieldwork studying Malaria in Malawi, and it is very apparent to her how much positive impact can be made through simple measures such as making sure that hospitals are well stocked with basic materials like penicillin and gauze pads. Too often, hospitals run out of supplies towards the end of the month and must turn patients away, resulting in unnecessary fatalities. I ask that you support keeping or increasing America's commitment to funding global health initiatives, and not let underprivileged individuals around the world fall victim to upcoming budget cuts.

Scarsdale , NY