Today, we face an unprecedented challenge – both at home and abroad. It has never been more clear how interconnected we are and how much we depend on each other to get through difficult times. This is the very time that we must work towards shared solutions, rather than go it alone.
While we grapple with the impacts of COVID-19 in our own communities, Mercy Corps, alongside partners like the World Health Organization, is also working across the world to make sure that millions of people who were already vulnerable before this crisis started can stay safe and healthy. Now, more than ever, we have to help those most in need. Yet, recently, the Trump Administration announced that it would begin the process of withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization.
It is counterproductive to cut funding to the World Health Organization while we’re fighting the worst public health emergency of our lifetime. It’s clear that this virus does not respect borders and that we need a truly global response to defeat this pandemic abroad and at home. Right now, Congress is working on legislation to ensure that the United States is equipped to respond to this unprecedented challenge. We must also make sure that we protect the most vulnerable — wherever they are — and stop the spread of this deadly disease.
Urge your Member of Congress to support foreign assistance to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.