Kentuckians to gather to urge lawmakers to fight preventable disease

On Saturday, May 25th, Bowling Green residents will gather to urge Kentucky lawmakers to fight preventable diseases like AIDS, TB and malaria. At the gathering, Kentuckians will learn about the issues of extreme poverty and preventable disease, and write letters to Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul asking them to support maintaining America’s one-third commitment to the Global Fund, one of the most effective global health organizations on the planet.

Since 2002, Kentucky taxpayers have helped support the Global Fund and are responsible for saving roughly 92,000 lives. In 2017 alone, Kentucky taxpayers helped put roughly 58,000 HIV/AIDS patients on antiretroviral therapy, distributed roughly 653,000 malaria nets, and treated roughly 16,000 people with TB.

The event takes place Saturday, May 25th at 7:00PM at ART Matters, Community Art Studio, 310 E Main St Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101.

The event will also feature live music by HuDost, Cody Wagoner, Johnny Thompson and Palmer St. Clair and visual artists including Cindy Houston, Meranda Caswell and Elizabeth Hoffman. Local sponsors include WDNS FM D93, Morgantown Community Church, Mellow Matt's Music & More Little Fox Bakery, Strawberry Fields Yoga, ART Matters, Community Art Studio

Facts The Fight Against Extreme Poverty & Disease

Over the past three decades, over a billion people have escaped extreme poverty. However, over 700 million people are still living on less than $1.90 a day, over half of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

HIV/AIDS remains the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age, and nearly 1,000 girls are infected with HIV every day.

Every day, roughly 7,500 children under the age of five die due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions.

The cost to treat someone with HIV/AIDS is just $75 per year.

Smart, effective investments by the Global Fund have helped save 27 million lives. A fully funded Global Fund will help save 16 million more lives between 2021-2023.

About The ONE Campaign

ONE is a policy and advocacy organization with millions of people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Not politically partisan, ONE was co-founded by U2 lead singer Bono to raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and other preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs.

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