Media Contact:Lauren Fisher
WASHINGTON, DC (16 December 2011) — Today, millions of vulnerable people around the world hope to receive the best early Christmas present possible --- continued commitment from the United States to fund life-saving programs.
After months of debate, the U.S. Congress is preparing to come to an agreement and pass the budget for FY2012. In it, the funding for global health would receive a slight increase. That will provide money for immunizations against deadly childhood disease, AIDS and malaria prevention, and vital maternal care around the world. Funding levels also remained strong in other important areas for development such as agriculture and food security, basic education, clean water, and international disaster and refugee assistance.
“It’s heartening to see that our lawmakers realize the value of foreign aid,” said Robert Zachritz, World Vision’s Senior Director for Advocacy & Government Relations. “Although it accounts for less than one percent of the budget, it is one of the best investments we can make. The dollars we spend as a country translate directly into children’s lives saved, creating a safer, more stable world for everyone. While more can be done to meet existing commitments, it is very encouraging that these accounts were not cut disproportionately in these tight budget times.”
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