On March 24, landmarks across our country will be illuminated in red, to raise awareness of World Tuberculosis Day and the devastating effects of the disease. Tuberculosis (TB), although curable, remains one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world, claiming an estimated 1.4 million lives annually, including 200,000 children.
Like many infectious diseases, TB disproportionately affects people living in low- and middle-income countries, as well as Indigenous and newcomer communities to Canada. Moreover, exacerbated by the depletion of health resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic, deaths from tuberculosis have increased for the first time in decades.
However, this crisis can be resolved. If more high-income countries began to meet their investment targets for TB research and accessibility to treatment, TB could be effectively eliminated and millions of lives could be saved.
So on the 24th, as the Canadian skies fill with a red glow, our MPs must begin to reaffirm Canada’s commitments to ending TB by investing in proven mechanisms including research and development, TB REACH and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. , Tuberculosis and Malaria.