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Reader's View: Letters boost global battle against disease

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Thanks to letters to the editor — including, “Unconscionable not to support Global Fund,” on Sept. 28 in the News Tribune — and constituents calling, writing, and visiting their representatives, a bipartisan group from Congress has increased America’s pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. That means 16 million more lives saved, 16 million families able to have hope for their future, and more than 200 million new infections prevented.

America’s pledge inspired other donors to increase their pledges and new donors to give for the first time. This global battle against disease protects us all in this modern world — with any plague only an airline flight away.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish, Wash.

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