National Call: Putting Poverty in the 2015 Election Platform

This fall, Canadians will head to the polls for the first federal election in four years. Much has happened since 2011—Malala Yousafzai became a world renowned champion for education, Gavi contributed to 67 vaccine introductions and campaigns, 640,000 lives were saved and 12.8 million TB infections were prevented thanks to TB REACH. Now is the time to make your voices heard—tell your candidates what it will take to get your vote, and then hold them accountable. If we want to see a commitment to ending poverty across the world in our parties’ platforms, we have to demand it.

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As the world begins to shape its next international development goals—the Sustainable Development Goals—it’s even more important we tell politicians loud and clear that a world without extreme poverty matters.
  • 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty
  • Each year, 9 million people are infected with TB, and approximately 1.5 million people die from TB
  • Every year 9 million newborns do not survive past their first month, dying of preventable and treatable causes.
  • The richest children are at least than five times more likely to attend primary school than the poorest children.
  • Nearly half of all deaths in children under five are attributable to under-nutrition: 2.6 million every year
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