What Volunteers and Interns Do
Volunteers and interns contribute about 6-8 hours/week, working remotely. They learn to speak about the issues we focus on, contact their Member of Congress’ staffers with specific requests, and aim to meet with their Member of Congress. They write letters to the newspaper about our work and goals. They have the opportunity to engage in social media and occasional research projects, and they reach out in several ways to invite others to participate.
The mission of the Fund for Global Health, a non-partisan non-profit, is to provide the maximum possible health benefit to vulnerable people in developing countries. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through informed citizens advocating to improve U.S. foreign assistance programs. Our advocacy agenda includes increasing funding for key global health priorities such as the fight against tuberculosis and the promotion of results-focused primary health care for the poor.
Tuberculosis Tuberculosis is now the top global infectious killer of adults, ranking above HIV/AIDS, but is very underfunded relative to its disease burden. 94% of cases are curable with generic antibiotics costing only $40, yet the poorest often don’t have access to diagnosis and treatment. We are lobbying for a dramatic increase in effective aid for USAID’s TB program.
Primary Health Care Primary health care, what most think of as services provided by a general physician in a doctor’s office, is severely lacking in the developing world. Quality primary care can treat 90% of health problems and identify those needing specialists. USAID is scaling up aid for this and needs resources to do more. A combination of disease-specific interventions, which have been very successful, and primary care is the best way to improve the health of vulnerable communities. We lobby for an increase in funding for poverty targeted, results oriented primary health care.
Congressional Advocacy for Global Health: Volunteer and Internship Opportunity
A small number of U.S. Representatives and Senators on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittees of Appropriations decide on funding for global health programs. If you are in a congressional district or state represented by one of these subcommittee members, you have a unique and important opportunity to make a difference in funding for global health! Our volunteers and interns engage in effective citizen lobbying of their Member of Congress. Volunteers and interns make a minimum 4 month commitment to a program of weekly communication and action, trained and supported by one of our coordinators.