Canada must con­tinue TB fight

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta -

EDI­TOR:

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

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