Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and preventable disease that claimed 1.7 million lives in 2016.[1] That’s more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and Ebola combined. Progress in the fight against this ancient disease is stagnant. We desperately need global political commitment at the highest level.

2018 UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis

Canada recently announced its commitment to end TB in the Inuit regions of Canada by 2030. This is a very exciting announcement in our Canadian fight against TB and is just the kind of leadership we need on the global stage. TB is the world’s leading infectious killer, claiming 1.7 million lives every year. Our global progress to fight the disease is off-track and requires serious and dedicated global political leadership. In September 2018, the United Nations (UN) will hold a high-level meeting on TB. The UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB is a crucial opportunity to bolster and align world leaders’ commitments to tackling TB. The G7 presents an excellent opportunity for us to push for this kind of leadership. Our Prime Minister should take the lead and announce his attendance at the HLM on TB in September during the G7, and encourage other heads of state to do the same.

Take Action:
  1. Tweet to @JustinTrudeau. Use the following, or write your own message:
    Canada announced it will end TB for Inuit people by 2030! Let’s take this leadership to the world and announce that @JustinTrudeau will be attending the @UN High-Level Meeting on TB in Sept!
  2. Write to Prime Minister Trudeau asking for his leadership on the global stage by encouraging him to confirm his attendance at the HLM on TB.
UN High-Level Meeting on TB Resources:
Policy Brief Series:

HLM Policy Issue 1: TB and HIV

HLM Policy Issue 2: TB and Gender

Other Resources:

Canada Civil Society Sign-on Letter

TB REACH in Action: Care, cure and prevention for the hardest to reach


From Policy to Practice: How the TB-HIV Response Is Working

Quick Facts

  • TB is the number one infectious killer.[2]
  • Every 18 seconds someone dies of TB.[3]
  • TB accounts for 6-15% of all maternal deaths.[4]
  • TB kills 140,000 children each year.[5]
  • Ending TB is possible but the annual global funding gaps must be addressed.
    • USD$1.1 billion for TB R&D.
    • USD$2.3 billion for care and prevention. [6]
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and malaria is the world’s largest funder of TB care and control.

Organizations We Work With

  1. 2017 WHO Global TB Report 2017
  2. 2017 WHO Global TB Report 2017
  3. Stop TB Partnership 2017 Launch of Out of Step 2017
  4. TBA 2017  Maternal and Child Health
  5. 2017 WHO Global TB Report 2017
  6. 2017 WHO Global TB Report 2017
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