We need you to contact your government!
We need VALIDATE members to encourage their Country Leaders to attend the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis on 26th September 2018.
The WHO/UN are holding the first ever UN General Assembly (UNGA) High Level Meeting on tuberculosis (TB) in September and we need your help to ensure we maximise its impact. With 125 members worldwide, we can make a difference!
The UNGA meeting follows on from a successful Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Moscow in November 2017, which resulted in high-level commitments from 120 country leaders to accelerate progress to end TB. We need the UNGA to be taken seriously, and to lead to crucial outputs in the fight to end TB.
TB causes more deaths worldwide than any other infectious disease, including malaria, HIV, Ebola and Zika. 1.7 million people die every year from TB – that’s more than 4500 people every day. UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 aims to end the TB epidemic, with a global target to eradicate TB by 2030 – currently we are not on track to meet this target.
The theme of the UNGA meeting is “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic” – so, at VALIDATE, let’s unite to push our governments to prioritise this meeting.
How you can help
You can write and/or meet with your local governmental representative, and we’ve put together some help for you to do this quickly and easily:
- Write to your local representative, using this letter template:
- Meet with your local representative – here’s a briefing document you can use to highlight how important TB, and the UNGA meeting, is:
Please share this campaign with friends and colleagues to multiply the effect - and use #VALIDATEengagement on social media (you can use this hashtag to publicise any outreach or public engagement you're doing at any time - let us know what you're up to!).
Let us know about any action you take - together we can make a difference!
In the UK you can see if your MP is interested in TB or international development at www.theyworkforyou.com/ (if they are, you could tailor your letter to include this)
Open letter from UK Academics calling on the UK Prime Minister to prioritise TB
UK Peer and MPs' letter calling on UK Prime Minister to attend the meeting
Find updates on this and other campaigns on our Campaigns webpage.
Published: 26 April 2018