Canada must continue TB fight
Canadians are famously modest and wary of showing off, but there are times when this endearing habit needs to be overcome.
One such occasion is the upcoming United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, that will take place in September in New York City, and where world leaders will gather for the first time to chart a path to ending TB globally.
Canada has long been working quietly to combat TB, as a leading contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, as well as to the Global Drug Facility, and as one of the first funders of the TB-REACH initiative to detect and treat TB in the farthest and most challenging places.
In March of this year, the Trudeau government recognized the crucial link between TB and human rights, particularly indigenous rights, and committed to ending TB across Inuit Nunangat by 2030.
These efforts make Canada proud, and we should not be shy of taking credit.
Prime Minister Trudeau needs to be present at the UNHLM-TB, to take his rightful place among other heads of state, and to shine a spotlight on Canada's role in creating a world without TB. At this important moment in history, modesty simply will not do. CHITRA RAMASWAMI CALGARY