On 19th November, the campaign to bring attention to tuberculosis (TB) was given a boost as politicians, civil servants, actors, members of the press and the healthcare community were brought together by Bright Star, Jane Campion’s film about Romantic poet John Keats and his true love Fanny Brawne.
RESULTS and the UK Coalition to Stop TB hosted sixty guests at Hampstead’s Keats House for a reception, before viewing the film. After the guests had explored the historic site, Paul Sommerfeld, Chair of TB Alert, gave a tribute to Sir John Crofton, the late giant of TB treatment, and a “Bright Star” in his own right. Dr Marc Lipman of the nearby Royal Free Hospital and the British Thoracic Society spoke of the nature of the modern epidemic, which kills 5000 people every day, and the need for a stronger response from governments and the international community. They were joined by Glenn Thomas of the World Health Organisation in emphasising that TB is beatable.
The evening was a fantastic success, educating prominent figures in the UK about the ongoing TB pandemic, while providing great fun for all. Many of the guests agreed to speak out against TB by having their photograph taken with a special message: ‘No more Bright Stars lost to TB.’