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06 Sep 18 06 Sep 18

Help MSF call on Canada to #StandUpForTB and send Justin Trudeau to the UN summit on tuberculosis

We’re running out of viable options for treating one of the world’s oldest and most painful diseases: tuberculosis. More than a million people die from tuberculosis (TB) every year, while millions more will contract it in 2018 alone. That makes TB one of the deadliest diseases in the world.

The treatments currently available for people with TB are long, painful and often ineffective. Drug-resistant forms of TB require a minimum of five different antibiotics, all of which are toxic and include side-effects such as permanent deafness, nausea, vomiting and pain.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international leader in TB treatment, and runs programs for thousands of TB patients in more than 20 countries around the world. We see first-hand the human impact of the disease, from the suffering of patients enduring long and debilitating treatments to the despair of those who know they will likely still succumb to their illness. We know how urgently the world needs improved TB diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

On September 26, 2018, for the first time ever, the United Nations will be hosting a High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis. This will be an unprecedented chance for global leaders to step up and take action against one of the world’s worst killer diseases.

MSF is using this opportunity to call on Canada to show leadership. We are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to personally attend the UN’s High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis this September, and for Canada to make bold commitments and lead the international response to end TB, at home and globally — and we are asking for your help in making this happen.

Please send an email to Justin Trudeau asking that Canada #StepUpForTB. Follow this link to tell Canada’s government that action is urgently needed to end TB around the world.

Canada has committed to improving TB care and treatment here at home. Now, at the UN’s High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis on September 26, we can show ourselves to truly be global leaders in health — as Prime Minister Trudeau himself has declared Canada to be.

Last spring, Trudeau wrote in The Lancet, one of the world’s most authoritative medical journals, that Canada will take a “leadership role to end epidemics that disproportionately affect women and girls, including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.” The UN High-Level Meeting on TB is his best chance to make that claim come true.

Join us in demanding that Prime Minister Trudeau himself be present at the UNHLM on September 26, and that he takes steps to lead Canada and the world in bringing the death and suffering caused by TB to an end.

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