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How You Can Help The Global Fund

How You Can Help The Global Fund

While most of the Americans around me were on their way home from a Thanksgiving with family, I sat at the Minneapolis airport packed with my laptop and a carry on, on my way to Ghana.

The timing for the trip could not be more serendipitous. In the United States the holiday season is in full-swing, which means you can’t turn the corner without some kind of ad trying to connect the importance of family to the necessity of consumerism. I’m saying goodbye to my own family, with my daughter just a year old, to see first hand the struggles of mothers half a world away. My heart broke as I said goodbye to them and will likely break as I say hello to the mothers and children I’ll soon meet.

But more concretely, the trip comes at a time when the United States has chosen to spend money on drone aircraft strikes in lieu of mosquito netting. One costs billions, the other a handful of dollars. One blindly takes lives while the other gives them. I’ll leave it to you readers and Care2.com communities to determine which is which.

That’s not to say that hope is lost. The Care2.com community is uniquely positioned to help the mission of The Global Fund. I’ll be blogging from Ghana, sharing my experiences and the message of those on the front-lines of public health missions being served in Ghana. So please check back for updates and ways you can help serve the mission of The Global Fund.

Care2 blogger Jessica Pieklo is reporting from Ghana as a guest of The Global Fund to help bring attention to efforts to eradicate malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS

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2:32PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Donations come in many forms .. if skeptical of one organization research others, there are many who help so very much ...

10:38AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

For anyone leery of outright donations, you can buy from two great fair trade companies in Ghana- "Divine" chocolate - yummy chocolate- and "Trashy bags" - shopping bags/ totes/ backpacks made out of recycled plastic water containers.

1:18AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Kudos to you Jessica....

10:10PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

cant wait to hear good things from Ghana!

7:44PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Thank you Jessica for your courage and commitment to making this world a better place. I wish our governments were made up of more people with your values.

The longer we spend more on killing than in feeding and nurturing our brothers and sisters, the more we will be forcing our humanitarian account into deficit. Bankruptcy is not far away.

6:58PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Thank you Jessica. I'm looking forward to your messages from Ghana.

5:13PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Wilco said it best:
"I know where I will be tonight, alright
outta mind outta site"

Please continue to educate the public of these issues so they will no longer be outta mind outta site.

3:20PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Thanks!

3:03PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

thanks :)

2:46PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Education will save us in the end, not only in the poorer countries...Illiteracy is a constant plague, even in rich homes. I have to struggle to get my kids off the computer, if they read one book before they are 20, it'll be an achievement. It's a bigger problem than one may think at first as the fewer books you read, the easier it is to manipulate you. If we don't get our kids reading, fascism, already at unacceptably high levels, will grow even more.
Therefore consideration for poor countries will eventually be nill.

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