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To the Editor:

Did you know that in 2002, the world came together to fight back, creating the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria? Well, this international partnership has helped save 27 million lives since then.

However, we cannot consider the issue solved. Growing drug resistance, funding shortfalls, and wavering political resolve are all threats to the progress that has been made this far.

We are to continue doing all that we can do to support the plan of life-saving work through the Global Fund. We can not get comfortable now, not yet. There is still much work that needs to be done. The U.S. must rise to its responsibility in this and together we can finish what has been started.

I urge the administration to strongly continue in supporting the Global Fund by recommitting to provide at least one-third of the total $14 billion that will be asked for in October by the Global Fund. Science shows that we can end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, but only if we maintain the political will to do so.

Thank you to Congressman Bost for his leadership in signing a 'Dear Colleague Letter' to support the Global Fund.

Candace Ellis

Belleville

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