There are no political winners in the standoff over sequestration, but across-the-board cuts are a huge win for deadly, preventable diseases. We enlisted the help of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Matt Davies to make this point and need your help in sharing this cartoon far and wide.
Equal cuts don’t have equal impact. For the world’s poorest, these cuts can mean the difference between life and death:
171,900 people would not have AIDS medication, resulting in 39,200 deaths and 77,200 more children becoming orphans
1.2 million fewer insecticide-treated mosquito nets, leading to over 3,200 deaths from malaria
836,800 fewer pentavalent vaccines would be available for children, resulting in 8,900 more deaths from completely preventable diseases
There is lots of talk right now about how sequestration will affect a huge number of programs, but this is one of the few in which people’s lives are actually at risk. Foreign assistance accounts for less than 1 percent of our national budget. These lifesaving programs should be protected and prioritized.
We’ve made so much progress against deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in the last decade. Risking that progress now would be a tragedy for the United States and the world.