$100 million in debt relief for the poorest countries affected by Ebola!
This Thanksgiving, that's what your support is winning for some of the world's poorest countries: a needed investment in the health infrastructure of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
In recent months Jubilee USA continually met with the White House urging cancellation of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia's debts. In October, more than 130 Jubilee USA synagogues, churches and mosques acted and prayed for the White House to support this campaign. We showed the White House that we could use a special trust fund at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to move quick debt relief for the Ebola countries.
Then during the recent G20 meetings in Australia, US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew delivered and proposed Jubilee USA's Ebola debt relief proposal!!!
Guinea spends more money on debt payments than public health. $100 million is twice as big as the entire Ebola budget of the primary health organization working in the region. $100 million means money to recover from Ebola and build infrastructure to prevent the next health crisis.
Most importantly, we're moving forward the use of a mechanism at the IMF that can protect the poorest countries in the world during major catastrophes - a basic safety net the poorest countries in the world don't have.
Jubilee's Ebola victory is featured in Reuters and the International Business Times. Read a blow by blow of how Jubilee USA moved the conversation forward in the global news service, Inter Press Service.
This victory is possible because of Jubilee's persistent debt relief efforts. After Haiti's devastating earthquake, we called for Haiti's debt relief and helped create a special fund at the IMF for countries dealing with significant natural disasters. This year, during the heart of the Ebola outbreak, we urged the White House to call for debt relief. They heeded our call and proposed that the IMF use the special fund to cancel this debt, and then brought our request to the G20. The G20 announced more than $300 million of aid, including the use of debt relief. In the days ahead we'll support the White House as they build consensus to move this relief forward, and we will advocate for immediate support from the IMF.
Because of your support, the US Government is advocating Jubilee USA's proposal for Ebola debt relief. Please thank Secretary Jack Lew for going to bat for the world's poorest people and for partnering with Jubilee USA on Ebola relief.
Thank you for everything you do to end the causes of extreme poverty. Your support makes a difference for vulnerable communities.