World TB day is next week, on Wednesday 24th March, and the RESULTS team will be involved in a number of exciting activities taking place throughout the day.
An Open Letter will appear in the Times newspaper calling on readers to support the UK Coalition to Stop TB’s new campaign for World TB Day ‘TB: A disease of the past? Action now!’ highlighting current problems with TB control in the UK and globally. The campaign calls for demonstrations of commitment to the fight against TB from MPs and the candidates running in the upcoming election.
At 12pm on 24th March a delegation from the UK Coalition to Stop TB will be going to No. 10 Downing Street to deliver the TB Election Asks. The delegation will include Lucy Chesire (well known HIV-TB advocate from the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium), Aparna Barua from the UK Coalition to Stop TB, Mike Smith, Coordinator of the APPG on Global TB and Clare Shaw and Kibble Ngalauka, from Target Tuberculosis and The Sue Ryder Foundation, Malawi, respectively.
On the evening of 24th March, the UK Coalition to Stop TB in partnership with the NGO Target Tuberculosis will be hosting a photo exhibition ‘Hope – Stories from India’ showcasing a series of photographs taken by the photographer David Brunetti, showcasing the impact of TB on marginalised communities. The evening will be a unique opportunity to celebrate all that TB activists have succeeded in achieving so far in the fight against TB, as well as galvanizing support and motivation to continue to push this much neglected disease towards elimination through increased political attention and will to take action.
The activities throughout the day are designed to shine a spotlight on this appalling disease of poverty, which kills 5,000 people every day. We know how to stop TB, but current efforts are not enough. If you would like to be part of the solution, see our earlier post for details of how!