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While the Republican and Democratic candidates are busy fighting over ideological differences, one issue we can all come together around is saving lives.

The Global Fund is a nonpartisan, multilateral organization that provides funding to treat AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis around the world. It works to implement sustainable health care structures in developing countries, working with local governments to implement the most effective policies. Since 2002, it has saved more than 17 million lives. And its work saves 2 million people each year, with a special focus on mother and child health and disease prevention.

The United States has historically been a major partner. In 2016, the Global Fund will be getting pledges from countries and private donors for a new three-year funding cycle. We must urge our leaders to continue supporting this life-saving initiative.

I’d like to challenge both President Barack Obama and Congress to recognize the importance of the global fund in the global fight on AIDS, and continue the progress we have made toward a disease-free world. According to Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund, “we are the generation that can stop AIDS, TB, and malaria."

-- Kayla Pfeiffer-Mundt, Madison

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