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Pathfinder International has petitioned the incoming administration of Joe Biden and his vice president, Senator Kamala Harris to take urgent action for global health sake, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The petition entitled "Tell the Biden-Harris Administration: Take Urgent Action For Global Health" Pathfinder is demanding three actions be taken as first executive order.

These, NaijaAgroNet gathered include restoration of funding to the United Nations Populations Fund  (UNPF) and for United States of America to rejoin World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as repealing of the global gag rule.

"With so much volatility in Washington, D.C. right now, we’re staying grounded by focusing on how we can create the most impact possible in the coming weeks and months.

"On Inauguration Day January 20, we are calling on the Biden-Harris administration to immediately restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO), and repeal the global gag rule.

"The incoming administration supports each of these actions, but we need your help to ensure they are a top priority — immediately.

Pathfinder pointed out that the women and girls they serve can’t wait — and the more supporters "who sign our letter, the more power it has to best affect change, even amid the instability that has recently spread across the Capitol. Sign our letter to the incoming administration now."

Part of the demand by
Crystal Lander, the Executive Director of Global Affairs, Pathfinder International, read:

President Biden and Vice President Harris,

On your first day in office, we are calling on your administration to immediately restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO), and repeal the global gag rule. These crucial actions would reverse dangerous Trump-era decisions that hurt people and cost lives:

1. The UNFPA brings critical services to women, girls, and communities, to help them reach contraception and reproductive health care they would otherwise go without. The $100 million contribution from the U.S. is just a sliver of the $2.3 trillion U.S. federal budget.

2. The WHO plays a key role in family planning, HIV, maternal health, and malaria programs around the world. To rejoin, you must simply halt the withdrawal initiated by President Trump.

3. The Global Gag Rule, which prohibits U.S. foreign aid from funding programs that even mention abortion, costs women’s lives. An immediate Executive Order is critical to remedy this injustice.

These three steps are the beginning of what will be a sustained journey toward re-establishing the United States as the world’s leader and critical partner in advancing global health and ensuring essential health care is within the reach of communities around the world, no matter their circumstance.

I join Pathfinder International’s call on the incoming Biden-Harris administration to support these urgent global health priorities starting on Day 1.

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