I am writing to thank you for your call for $100 million in debt relief for Ebola-impacted countries. Your leadership on this issue means so much to the men, women and children living in the path of this deadly virus. This Thanksgiving, I'm so grateful you are moving this effort forward.
Debt is a tremendous problem in poor countries, and particularly so in countries dealing with natural disasters and diseases. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia need money to fight Ebola, rebuild their countries and build the health infrastructure they need to prevent the next epidemic. This $100 million means resources for those who need it most. It means hope.
I hope the Administration will continue to advocate for debt relief for countries and communities in need in West Africa and beyond. The World Bank notes that in countries that have received debt relief, fewer infants are dying unnecessarily. I can't think of a better reason than that to support your proposal for debt relief for West Africa and to ask that more countries receive life-saving relief.