According to Dr. Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, budget cuts proposed by the House would "lead to 70,000 kids dying" by scaling back on things like malaria and immunization programs.
A House-proposed bill proposes deep cuts to some of the most effective investments the US makes globally, including a drastic 40 percent reduction for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
My vision is, within the next 100 years, but hopefully much sooner, women everywhere will have the knowledge to save their lives, and the lives of their babies. Yes, it is ambitious -- but if don't imagine it, we will never achieve it.
As different as many of their experiences are from mine -- fighting their husbands for the right to plan, struggling to put food on the table -- there is something universal in motherhood that unites us.
Washington clearly has a stake in the battle against HIV/AIDS, but how do we reconcile that with the chilling fact that black men in the nation's capital experience rates of HIV that rival that of Sub-saharan Africa?
This year I am making the case against cutting foreign aid for the poorest, even in the current budget environment. Whether you think it's an issue of morality or enlightened self-interest, aid spending is uniquely effective spending.