Over the past three months Malaria No More UK and the Global Poverty Project have been out and about around the country. We have been working together to raise awareness and inspire action on fighting malaria as part of our joint vision for a world without extreme poverty within a generation.
And those we have spoken to have been inspired!
In the past few months 233 letters have been sent to MPs and more than 700 people have signed our petition calling on the Government to increase its support for the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria. The Fund accounts for almost 70% of all international aid funding for malaria and is vital to helping prevent, diagnose and treat the disease.
Our supporters have passed on letters they have had back from their MPs and also a response from the DFID Minister Stephen O’Brien who has said the Government is committed to increasing its funding to the Global Fund. But he did not giving a firm timetable for doing so. The British government is working with other governments to try achieve an overall increase in funding for the Fund – something we are keen to support.
So we haven’t finished yet! Keep writing letters and signing the petition.
You still have time to book your own presentation – to learn more about global poverty and about simple, practical actions to end it, including ways students can use their voice to influence national and global policy change and help end extreme poverty.
We hope you will enjoy this short sneak peak version of the 1.4 Billion Reasons Tour and sign up to get more information.
Our Executive Director Sarah Kline says, “We are thrilled that so many people have written to their MPs – and urge them to keep going! It is important to remind the British Government there is support for increasing funding for malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB through the Global Fund. Our letters also call on MPs to continue to support an overall increase in UK aid. This is vital if we are to help make malaria no more.”
Elisha London, UK Country Director of the Global Poverty Project, says, “Our presenters and supporters have made a real difference in the past few months to helping raise awareness about malaria. They have spread the good news that 1.1 million children’s lives have been saved from malaria in the past decade alone. By writing to your MP and signing the petition you are helping British politicians keep their promises to help end extreme poverty. Thank you.”