Wilderness laid waste

Take up weeping and wailing for the mountains,    and a lamentation for the pastures of the wilderness, because they are laid waste so that no one passes through,    and the lowing of cattle is not heard; both the birds of the air and the animals    have fled and are gone. (Jeremiah 9:10)…

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Washington E-Memo

Senate passes resolution on global malnutrition On January 14 the Senate approved a resolution, sponsored by Sen. Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Coons (D-Del.), to encourage greater efforts by the United States to end maternal and child malnutrition globally. Annually 2.6 million children die as a result of undernutrition, representing 45% of all child deaths. The World Health Organization reports that in…

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A public health approach to gun violence

More people in the United States die from gun violence than HIV, Parkinson’s disease, malnutrition, hypertension and other medical conditions, but gun violence receives less funding for research. Medical professionals have been advocating for funding that would empower the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health to research gun violence as a public health crisis.…

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Support common-sense gun legislation

Take Action Background: Please encourage your senators to support legislation to reduce gun violence. On February 27, the House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), to require background checks for all firearm sales, including private, online and gun show sales. Polling shows broad public support among both Republicans and Democrats for expanded background checks.…

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Support maternal and child nutrition

Action: Ask your representative to support efforts to improve global nutrition. Background: After years of decline, there is worrying evidence that global hunger is increasing again, with 821 million people undernourished in 2017, driven largely by conflict and climate change. Lack of access to food and inadequate nutritional variety cause undernourishment, obesity and disease. Currently…

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Support the Ebola Eradication Act

Action: Ask your representative to help eradicate Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Background: During a visit to an Ebola intervention center at Butembo in eastern DR Congo in April, World Health Organization leaders urged robust global assistance to contain the Ebola virus. To date, more than 2,000 people have died, many of…

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