LETTER TO THE EDITOR: U.S. needs to help end diseases globally

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I was frustrated reading your article “U.S. loses voting rights at key U.N. body, UNESCO” (Web, Nov. 8). As a supporter of the United Nations and the United States’ role as a leading player in global issues, I believe strongly that we need to maintain positive relationships with the international community.

Fortunately, the United States will be offered another opportunity to stand for intercultural understanding, or more specifically, for health equity. Global leaders will meet here in Washington on Dec. 3 to pledge financial support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. To set the standard for the international community, the United States must continue its current level of funding and pledge $5 billion over the next three years.

I would hate to see another missed opportunity for our country to support the global community. Until AIDS, TB and malaria are eliminated worldwide, these diseases are still a threat to us all. We need that “full toolbox,” hammer and all. I encourage everyone to join me, other supporters of global healthy equity and organizations like Partners in Health in encouraging U.S. leadership to give hope for a healthy, dignified life to millions around the world.

LEE ORR

Washington

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