To the editor:
Nearly 400 years ago, John Donne wrote, “no man is an island.” Last Sunday night the One World concert echoed that message, repeatedly instancing how interconnected we are with everyone around our country and throughout the world. The program also highlighted the greater vulnerability of those living in poverty, especially in low-income countries where access to essential health services is severely compromised. This population is also at greater risk in the current COVID-19 pandemic because of their inadequate healthcare systems.
I urge Representative Richard Neal and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey to ensure that Phase 4 of the US COVID-19 response includes support for critical programs in low income nations as well as at home. We need to increase our support for international organizations, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, as well as for U.S. programs focused on global health.
Strengthening health care systems in poverty stricken countries is good for them and for us. We live in a global world. We cannot afford to make access to health care a zero sum game.
Great Barrington, Mass.