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Dear Editor: Thank you for the article “Wisconsin climate change panel beams optimism from Paris conference.”

An often overlooked aspect of these climate change conversations, which I’m excited to see mentioned in the article, is the impact of climate on global health. Droughts impact food access, and pathogenic diseases like malaria can spread into areas of the world previously not possible. Today, over 6 million children die of preventable diseases before turning 5, including diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, and malnutrition. Many inexpensive and effective solutions — sometimes at no additional cost to the U.S. — are underused to tackle this global public health problem.

The world can end the unnecessary deaths of mothers and children by 2035. A new bipartisan bill in Washington, D.C., the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 (S. 1911, H.R. 3706), will help make this goal a reality. Stopping every single one of these deaths is possible!

The bill will hold the U.S. government’s global aid agency USAID accountable for a more effective approach to use their investments to maximize lives saved. Wisconsin congressional Reps. Reid Ribble, Gwen Moore, and Mark Pocan have already cosponsored this life-saving legislation in Congress. I challenge our Senate representatives Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson to co-sponsor the Senate version of this act and join in this bi-partisan movement for global health equity.

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Colin McWatters


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