A new Early Day Motion (EDM) has been tabled in the House of Commons ahead of World TB day on 24th March. The motion – which is like a parliamentary petition which only MPs can sign – was tabled by co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB, Nick Herbert MP. Five other supporting MPs from all 3 main political parties – Andrew George, Julie Morgan, Doug Naysmith, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Ann Cryer – also added their support.
The EDM is designed to raise awareness in and around Parliament about the importance of TB both in the UK and internationally. MP’s can now start to add their name to the motion to register their support for the proposal….
“That this house recognises the importance of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24th; notes with concern the continued rise in TB cases globally resulting in nearly 5000 deaths a day, that TB is increasing in the UK particularly among vulnerable, marginalised populations; further notes that TB-HIV co-infection and TB drug resistance is fuelling the epidemic; and calls on the government to ensure the maximum effectiveness is achieved through its efforts in the UK and overseas to combat this preventable and curable disease.”
The EDM is part of a wide range of actions the APPG on Global TB is taking in Westminster around World TB Day including members writing magazine articles, asking Parliamentary Questions to government ministers, and holding debates and discussions. World TB Day 2010 comes at a crucial time, only a matter of weeks before the UK General Election is held and with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria seeking to replenish its funding from governments later in the year. This makes it particularly important that MPs and peers demonstrate their support for fighting this deadly, but preventable disease.
You can view the EDM and a list of MPs who have signed up to the motion so far here.
For further information about the work of the APPG on Global TB please email firstname.lastname@example.org.