U.S. needs to help end dis­eases glob­ally

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

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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