Sending Office: Honorable Steve Cohen
Sent By:
Lauren.Citron@mail.house.gov

Support Funding for Polio Eradication

Deadline: Tuesday, March 13

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in sending two programmatic request letters to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee, as well as the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on Appropriations in support of funding in Fiscal Year
2019 for the polio eradication activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).   

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a partnership led by Rotary International, CDC the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, continues to make tremendous progress. 

We enter 2018 with fewer recorded cases of polio than at any previous point in history thanks to the tireless efforts of millions of health workers, many of whom operate in difficult or dangerous conditions.  These workers are not only protecting children
from polio, but also paving the way for other health programs to reach the world’s most vulnerable children.  In addition, two of the three types of wild polio virus have been stopped, showing clearly that eradication is possible. Progress toward polio eradication
in 2017 highlights how the best practices used to reach children for polio immunization can, and are being applied to address other health and development challenges we face as a global community.

While we celebrate progress, we must not become complacent. While polio exists anywhere in our globalized world, it is a threat to children everywhere. Since 2001, outbreaks have occurred in 41 previously polio-free countries. Each of these outbreaks
has been stopped successfully demonstrating the program’s effectiveness, however, they underscore the fact that every country remains vulnerable until polio is eradicated. We must continue to immunize more than 400 million children in some 60 at-risk countries
to protect the gains made and fulfill the potential of a polio free world.

The polio eradication initiative is one of the largest, most successful public-private health initiatives ever undertaken. Since the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, more than two and a half billion children have been immunized,
16 million have been spared disability and over 1.5 million deaths from polio have been averted, however, until the world is polio-free, every child, even those in the United States, is at risk. The tremendous progress made in the fight against polio would
not be possible without the financial and political commitment of the United States, which is the leading public sector donor to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Continued leadership is essential to ensure we capitalize on the historic opportunity
to free the world from polio once and for all.

If you have any questions regarding this request or would like to sign the letters, please contact Isaac Tobis in Congressman Dave Reichert’s Office, at Isaac.Tobis@mail.house.gov or 5-7761 or Lauren Citron
in Congressman Steve Cohen’s Office at Lauren.Citron@mail.house.gov or 5-3265.

Sincerely,

 

Dave Reichert                         Steve Cohen                    

Member of Congress              Member of Congress

 

HHS Letter

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

Thank you for your ongoing support of funding for polio eradication through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Global Immunization Program. We respectfully request that you continue your leadership by providing strong funding for
the polio eradication efforts of the CDC 
in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.

This funding will enable CDC to continue its global technical leadership in support of high quality immunization campaigns and polio surveillance, and develop in-country capacity in order to interrupt polio transmission globally. The polio eradication initiative
is one of the largest, most successful, public-private health initiatives ever undertaken. As a result of this global effort, more than two and a half billion children have been immunized, sixteen million spared disability, and over 1.5 million deaths have
been averted. 

Global polio incidence has been reduced by more than 99%, however until the world is polio-free, all children, even those in the United States, remain at risk.  Only two countries had indigenous transmission of wild polio virus in 2017: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
We must complete polio eradication or face a potential global resurgence which could see as many as 200,000 cases of polio annually within a decade.

Similar to smallpox eradication, polio eradication is a cost-effective public health investment, as its benefits continue to accrue over time. The physical and human assets developed to eradicate polio strengthen overall immunization and health systems and
have increased global capacity to quickly respond to public health threats such as Ebola and Zika. The infrastructure, innovations, and knowledge used to eradicate polio will continue to benefit global public health long after polio has been eradicated.

The continued leadership of the United States is essential to ensure we capitalize on the historic opportunity to free the world from polio once and for all. In order to continue this tremendous progress toward global polio eradication, we respectfully request
your continued support for the polio eradication efforts of the CDC in the FY2019 Labor HHS Appropriations bills. 

 

SFOPS Letter

Dear Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey:

Thank you for your ongoing support of funding for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Polio Eradication Initiative.  We are writing to respectfully request that you continue your leadership by providing strongfunding
for the polio eradication activities of USAID in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill. 

This funding will enable USAID to continue its global technical leadership in support of high quality immunization campaigns and polio surveillance, and develop in-country capacity in order to interrupt polio transmission globally. The polio eradication
initiative is one of the largest, most successful, public-private health initiatives ever undertaken. As a result of this global effort, more than two and a half billion children have been immunized, sixteen million spared disability, and over 1.5 million
deaths have been averted. 

Polio incidence has been reduced by more than 99%, however until the world is polio-free, all children, even those in the United States, remain at risk.  Only two countries had indigenous transmission of wild polio virus in 2017: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
We must complete polio eradication, or face a potential global resurgence which could see as many as 200,000 cases of polio annually within a decade.

Similar to smallpox eradication, polio eradication is a cost-effective public health investment, as its benefits continue to accrue over time. The physical and human assets developed to eradicate polio strengthen overall immunization and health systems and
have increased global capacity to quickly respond to public health threats such as Ebola and Zika. The infrastructure, innovations, and knowledge used to eradicate polio will continue to benefit global public health long after polio has been eradicated.

The continued leadership of the United States is essential to ensure we capitalize on the historic opportunity to free the world from polio once and for all.  In order to continue this tremendous progress toward global polio eradication, we respectfully
request your continued support for the polio eradication efforts of the USAID in the FY2019 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bills. 

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