For this HLM on TB to be truly groundbreaking, it must be attended by the highest level country representatives. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be attending the HLM on TB, leading the Canadian delegation, invite his counterparts to also attend in person, and announce the leadership it has started to take in fighting TB at home – and abroad.
Since Parliament has risen for the summer, Members of Parliament (MPs) will be in their ridings. This provides an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments, maintain relationships with our MPs, and lay the foundation for continued success in the future.
The Government of Canada has taken essential and bold steps on TB within our own borders but now is the time for international leadership. Canada has an opportunity to bring this leadership to the UN HLM on TB, where governments will be held to account to end the TB epidemic by 2030.
On this World Health Day on April 7th and throughout World Immunization Week April 24th- 30th, let’s remind the Canadian government that improving vaccine coverage and ensuring that 19.4 million more children are reached with vaccines is at the core of the empowerment and equality of women and girls.
People need good nutrition, access to quality healthcare and education, and a variety of other fundamental services to survive and to thrive. Canada must increase its budget for international assistance, and for that to happen we need our MPs to take action.