Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria, a curable disease. So by the time you finish reading this letter, one child will be dead.
In Pittsburgh, we may consider malaria to be an extinct disease, but it is one of the top three killers of kids worldwide. A life-saving malaria treatment for children costs just $1 and cures a child in one to three days. We have the tools to end these preventable deaths from malaria, but funding is limited.
So on Feb. 25, I will travel with the ONE Campaign to Capitol Hill and speak with my elected officials about these important programs. ONE is a nonpartisan, non-profit advocacy organization that raises public awareness to support programs that are saving lives.
I encourage readers to use their voices, too, by contacting their local representatives and encouraging continued American leadership in the fight against preventable disease.