Global Child Survival Act Introduced, Includes NTDs

October 29th, 2009 by Erin Hohlfelder Leave a reply »

Yesterday afternoon, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) announced his bill, the Global Child Survival Act, along with the support of Senators Corker (R-TN) and Durbin (D-IL).  The bill — designed to provide US Government assistance to improve the health of newborns, children, and mothers in developing countries — included a number of findings and provisions focused on the impact and control of NTDs.  Specifically, the bill provides language that supports “activities to prevent, control, and in some cases eliminate neglected tropical diseases for both children and mothers.”

In a statement about the bill, Senator Dodd commented, “It doesn’t cost a lot to save a life…the United States does a lot to combat child mortality. But we can do more, we have committed to do more, and we must do more.”  Senator Corker added, “We have an opportunity through the Global Child Survival Act to save the lives of more children and improve the health of mothers in developing nations. Maintaining U.S. investment in proven, cost-effective programs to combat poverty and disease overseas helps bring stability to unstable and often dangerous regions of the world, ultimately supporting our security interests both at home and abroad.”

Political will — domestic and global — is critical to sustaining both the momentum and the funding necessary to realize our NTD control and elimination goals.  We praise the leaders in Congress and their staff for the incredible work they have done this week to help secure a place for NTDs as a key part of the global health and development agenda.  If you have a few minutes in your day, please reach out to them and let you know that you appreciate the work they are doing to help end the neglect.

To read more, and to see the full text of the bill, visit our Press Center.

About the author

Erin Hohlfelder is the Policy Associate for the Global Network. When she's not talking to Congress and writing about the burden of NTDs around the world, she enjoys coffee, travel, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Follow her on twitter @Global_ErinH.



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