3 US foreign aid programs Americans should be proud of

Patriotism has been at an all-time high lately with the US men’s team advancing out of the “group of death” in the World Cup. I mean, look at this super fan in action!

But Americans shouldn’t just be proud of our soccer team.

As we celebrate the 4th of July this year, let’s salute three amazing US programs that are fighting extreme poverty: Feed the Future, the President’s Malaria Initiative, and PEPFAR. 

Through these programs, funded by US foreign assistance (which by the way, makes up less than 1 percent of our national budget) we’ve saved millions of lives, improved millions of lives, and provided relief to millions of the world’s poorest people.

I hope this list makes you stand up, pump your fist in the air and say… ‘MERICA!

1. The US Feed the Future initiative has trained 9.2 million people in agriculture-related management skills and technology and nearly 1 million people in nutrition.

As a result, Feed the Future has improved the incomes of 15.8 million families and the nutritional status of over 20 million young children and mothers.

‘MERICA! 

2. The President’s Malaria Initiative helped cut malaria deaths in half across 19 African countries with particularly high burdens of the disease. And it’s helped protect an average of 27 million people against malaria annually.

‘MERICA! 

3. The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has provided life-saving AIDS meds for 6.7 million people worldwide. And provided HIV testing and counseling for more than 12.8 million pregnant women in 2013.

‘MERICA! 

So as we set off fireworks, barbecue and sport our red, white and blue this Friday, let’s remember our US foreign assistance – a proud American legacy!

Take action. Sign the petition and tell Congress to give PEPFAR the funding it deserves. Our global AIDS-fighting program has helped 1 million babies be born HIV-free – but hasn’t seen an increase in funding in half a decade!