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BY DI READERS | APRIL 18, 2014 5:00 AM

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Electrify Africa

I’m writing regarding an opportunity the United States has to continue our legacy of assisting developing countries and helping the world’s poorest. The Electrify Africa Act is a bill introduced in 2013 that would bring electricity to some of the 589 million people living without it in sub-Saharan Africa.

Here in Iowa, we don’t often consider what it would be like to be without electricity. However, for hundreds of millions of people across the globe, it is a reality. One key area that is affected by this lack of access is health care.

In Iowa City, we are fortunate to have a world-class hospital at the university, with modern technology to deliver life-saving care. Care providers are not concerned that we won’t have power during a routine surgery or childbirth, let alone a procedure that runs into complications. This is not the case across the globe, where women give birth in the dark, and surgeons are forced to use techniques that would seem primitive to us — all because they do not have access to electricity.

The Electrify Africa Act can help to begin solving some of these issues by bringing electricity to 50 million people and, according to the Congressional Budget Office, can do so at no cost to taxpayers. The bill is in the House and will soon be introduced to the Senate.

Please contact our members of Congress to ask them to support this life-saving legislation.

Nick Evans

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