World can work to end tu­ber­cu­lo­sis

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - OPINION -

Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis is the world’s lead­ing treat­able in­fec­tious killer, with more than 14 mil­lion suf­fer­ers, one-third of whom aren’t even di­ag­nosed. At cur­rent treat­ment rates, the global TB epi­demic will con­tinue for an­other 150 years, with an es­ti­mated 28 mil­lion deaths and a cost of $1 tril­lion in the next decade alone.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. The up­com­ing United Na­tions high-level meet­ing on tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in New York is a chance to show the same suc­cess with TB as it did with HIV/AIDS.

There is so much wrong in to­day’s world, so much we seem pow­er­less to change. But we elim­i­nated small­pox be­cause it was the right thing to do, we halved the deaths by HIV/AIDS in un­der six years, and we can elim­i­nate TB as well.

The Trudeau Lib­er­als must make a force­ful push at the UN high-level meet­ing to en­sure that fi­nally, at last, the world ends the tu­ber­cu­lo­sis scourge.

Jeanette Au­bin Vic­to­ria, B.C.

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