Don’t Cut Funding for Malaria Programs

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Don’t sentence hundreds of thousands of people to death by cutting funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative.

Malaria kills over a million people per year and sickens as many as 600 million people per year. To address the millions of deaths from a preventable disease, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was launched in 2005. Under this program, health workers have made important progress in fighting malaria in Africa. But now Congress has recommended a 44 percent cut in funding for the PMI. If these funding cuts are approved, this will have disastrous health and economic effects across Africa.

Since its inception, the PMI has provided 30 million mosquito nets for malaria prevention and has administered millions of doses of preventive medication to pregnant women and children, who are the most vulnerable to malaria. PMI programs have also trained tens of thousands of health workers across Sub-Saharan Africa.

A new mathematical modeling study has provided estimates of just how important the PMI has been: researchers believe that PMI programs have prevented 185 million cases of malaria and nearly 1 million deaths. This study also showed how devastating a 44 percent funding cut would be. Researchers estimated that with the proposed funding cuts, there will be an additional 67 million cases of malaria and nearly 300,000 more malaria deaths in the next four years alone.

Sign this petition to demand that Donald Trump maintain funding for the life-saving President’s Malaria Initiative.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

I am writing to urge you to maintain the current level of funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative. This program has saved nearly a million lives, especially the lives of children. Children are highly vulnerable to malaria: 70 percent of all malaria deaths occur in children under the age of five. PMI programs have led to an 18.3-percent drop in the number of children under five dying from malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Funding the PMI is not a partisan issue: the PMI was started under Republican president George W. Bush. Regardless of politics, it is obvious that we must make efforts to save children from dying of an easily preventable disease. Reducing the burden of malaria will also have massive economic benefits for many African countries, leading to greater stability and lower rates of poverty.

It is imperative that the funding for this program be maintained, as it will have enormous benefits in terms of economics and human health.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop cutting funds of disease!

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