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Asking Congress to help us get to zero

Every year, in the appropriations for foreign operations, the U.S. Congress provides a contribution to UNICEF. This funding helps UNICEF to meet the needs of children around the around and is an essential building block in our efforts to prevent children from dying of causes we can prevent.

Congress now is working on the budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which starts on October 1st. As part of that effort, the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a public witness hearing. Cynthia McCaffrey, Senior Vice President for Program and Strategic Partnerships of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, testified before the Subcommittee on behalf of UNICEF’s supporters across the country.

Martin Rendón is the Vice President for Public Policy & Advocacy at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

U.S. Fund for UNICEF Senior VP Cynthia McCaffrey testifying at the House Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations hearing
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U.S. Fund for UNICEF Senior VP Cynthia McCaffrey testifying at the House Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations hearing. Download Cynthia’s full statement.

Every year, in the appropriations for foreign operations, the U.S. Congress provides a contribution to UNICEF. This funding helps UNICEF to meet the needs of children around the world and is an essential building block in our efforts to prevent children from dying of causes we can prevent.

Congress now is working on the budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which starts on October 1. As part of that effort, the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a public witness hearing. Cynthia McCaffrey, Senior Vice President for Program and Strategic Partnerships of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, testified before the Subcommittee on behalf of UNICEF’s supporters across the country.

Cynthia thanked the Subcommittee for the bipartisan support it has provided for UNICEF over the years and asked the Subcommittee to provide $134 million for the appropriations for UNICEF in FY 2012. She pointed out how the funding UNICEF receives is making a difference for children-and saving lives.

Subcommittee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY, at left) and Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) listen-ing to Cynthia's statement.
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Subcommittee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY, at left) and Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) listen-ing to Cynthia’s statement.

Cynthia recently visited Cambodia where she saw firsthand how UNICEF is working with Kiwanis International through the ELIMINATE Project to prevent children from dying of neonatal tetanus. She also observed UNICEF’s extended health worker outreach to families to promote and implement immunization campaigns, to provide prenatal care, and to educate on clean water and sanitation.

Through her presentation, Cynthia brought UNICEF’s work in the field into the Subcommittee hearing room. The Representatives were shown how U.S. funding for UNICEF is having a direct impact on vulnerable children. Now we want them to act to reach even more children!

As the appropriations process moves forward, we will be providing various opportunities for you to let your legislators know that you want saving children and their mothers to be a priority of our foreign policy. As a first step, please act right now by signing our petition in support of global child survival and maternal health programs. Ask our decision-makers to show they share your support for getting to Zero!

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