Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 2012 Action Guide

Please urge your Congressman to support one of the most effective ways to stop TB and combat diseases of poverty – The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria. Here’s an easy recipe for a powerful letter. 

Open: Start with a short self introduction and/or why you care.

Engage: (pick one)
·         One third of the world’s population is infected with TB.
·         Each year, there are 1.7 million TB-related deaths worldwide.
·         TB is a disease caused by germs that are spread from person to person through the air.
·         Each year, nearly 9 million people around the world become sick with TB.
·         The CDC reported over 11,000 cases of TB in the US last year with over 500 deaths.

Problem: (pick one)
·         Much of the arsenal of TB diagnostics and treatments is 50 years old.
·         TB is the leading killer of people who are HIV infected.
·         TB is the third leading cause of death among women of reproductive age worldwide.
·         Each year 1.7 million people die of TB.
·         Drug-resistant strains of TB can be 100 times more expensive to treat.
·         About 650,000 cases of drug-resistant TB were reported in the world in 2010.

Inform: (pick one)
·         Most TB can be cured with a full-course of drugs that cost as little as $20 per person.
·         Stop TB Partnership reported that 910,000 lives have been saved over 6 years simply because of collaboration between TB and HIV services.
·         The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria provided 7 million people with effective TB treatment.
·         The Global Fund extends TB education, diagnosis and treatment to millions of people in 140 countries.

Call for Action: (Your request for your representative)

Congressman Click HERE, will you contact the chair and ranking member of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of Appropriations and request $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria -- one of the most effective tools to combat TB?   I look forward to your answer.

Sign: Include your name and address


More Background Information

Statesman Op Ed on MDR-TB in Texas

Star-Telegram. Starke Op Ed


RESULTS Global Fund Info Page

Ft, Wayne MDR-TB News Coverage

State of Texas TB Information

CNN TB Pandemic Coverage

RESULTS Appropriations Info Page