We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
Caroline Lucas has backed a global campaign to eradicate tuberculosis. The Brighton Pavilion MP recently met representatives of TB Alert at Westminster and committed to a target of ZERO TB Deaths. Ms Lucas said: “It’s a scandal that so many people still die of a disease that can be cured with a course of antibiotics, including among people living with HIV. TB Alert does incredibly important work in the UK, Africa and India to save lives, and I am proud this Brighton-based charity is at the forefront of the UK’s fight against tuberculosis.”
TB civil society representatives and organisations from all over the world have earlier pledged support to the goal of ZERO TB deaths and ZERO new TB infections, saying the disease is curable and preventable if the international community works together to stamp out the disease.
Also present at the meeting were leading TB activist Blessina Kumar (right) from TB Alert’s sister organisation, TB Alert India, and TB Alert’s Chief Executive Mike Mandelbaum (left). Mike welcomed Ms Lucas’ support, saying: “It’s wonderful that Caroline has joined the global campaign to beat TB. A third of the nine million people who develop TB every year never reach a doctor, and TB Alert works hard to help ensure people access medical help and actually get the treatment which will cure them.”