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Support global health efforts

| Thursday, January 14, 2016

Health care is a hot-button topic in the U.S. today, especially with the upcoming presidential elections. We, Partners In Health (PIH) Engage, challenge you to find a single newspaper where the issue is not mentioned several times a week. Yet, while this issue is much-debated, the myopic focus on the U.S. health care system eclipses a larger issue, namely, that of global health. While articles on local or national health care exist in multitudes, there is a dearth of information being presented about global health, a symptom of the lack of concern given to the topic.

We invite you to educate yourself on global health. Try to remain up to date on what is going on in the world. Consider becoming involved in organizations such as Partners in Health, GlobeMed, or Timmy Global Health. All these clubs can, together, help change the way we perceive global health today. From joining a club to going on a CSC Seminar to Washington D.C., there are many ways to get involved. Action is the best reaction to global health inequalities. The only way we can fail is by a lack of care.

Each day for more than two decades, PIH has treated and prevented tuberculosis (TB), multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), and HIV/TB in some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world, from Russia to Peru. However, these global health efforts are futile without your support. Funding for programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, and TB, are currently being debated right now in Congress. We need your support. We need advocates. We need you.

Partners in Health Engage Notre Dame

Jan. 5

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