TB is a highly infectious and deadly lung disease and is easily spread. Children, especially, are often misdiagnosed. Close to 95% of people with TB live in low- and middle-income countries, mainly in Africa and Asia. The World Health organization reported 10.4 million new cases of TB in 2016, of which one million were children. In the same year, there were 1.4 million deaths due to TB, including 250,000 children.
On September 26th, 2018 the United Nations is convening a one day High Level meeting on TB and has invited “Heads of States” to focus on:
(1) Accelerating a comprehensive response through access to affordable prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care to end the TB epidemic; and
(2) Scaling up sufficient and sustainable national and international financing and implementation for service delivery, innovation, and R&D.
GRAN has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requesting his attendance at the UN High-level Meeting and we are asking our members to support the campaign by sending postcards to the Prime Minister.