The March action pack is now available on the RESULTS UK website.
Our conference call this month is happening in the run-up to both World TB Day, on the 24th February, and the UK general election, which must happen by June. We are going to be using the opportunity to inform our MPs and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates – so all those who are standing for election – about the tragedy of TB. Despite many people in the UK viewing TB as a ‘disease of the past’ that was cured in the last century, it kills an astounding 2 million people every year – that’s 5,000 every day.
Despite this, TB remains neglected by governments in the developing and developed world. Some progress has been made over the last few years – for example the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has delivered successful TB treatment to over 4.3 million people, and the UK government (then led by Tony Blair) signed up to the ‘Global Plan to Stop TB’ in 2006 – but much more needs to be done. We will be using this month’s RESULTS action to ask MPs and PPCs to forward a copy of the UK Coalition to Stop TB’s ‘election asks’ to their party leader, plus asking them to personally pledge to support the fight against TB if elected.
We will be joined on the call by Nikki Jeffrey, Director of the Brighton-based NGO Target TB, who will talk about recent progress in the fight against TB as well as some of the challenges that are yet to be overcome. The call will be held at 8pm on next Tuesday, the 2nd March. To join us, please contact your group leader or the RESULTS office at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to join us on the conference call, you can still take the action individually. A recording of the conference call will be available to listen to on our website a few days after the call.