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Caroline Lucas joins global fight against TB

Caroline Lucas joins global fight against TB

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.”

  • 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

  • We cannot win the battle against AIDS if we do not also fight TB. TB is too often a death sentence for people with AIDS. It does not have to be this way. We have known how to cure TB for more than 50 years. What we have lacked is the will and the resources to quickly diagnose people with TB and get them the treatment they need. Nelson Mandela

  • I am very impressed by the work done by TB Alert, that is why I wanted to spread the message...I am one of those that did think that TB had been eradicated...and suddenly it is back in a very big way! Baroness Joan Bakewell, explaining why she supports TB Alert

  • TB is the child of poverty – and also its parent and provider. TB Alert's Patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  • TB Alert are passionate in their work to stamp out TB in the UK and alleviate the problems of people with TB. Alan Higgins, Director of Public Health, Oldham

  • TB Alert allowed me to regain a purpose to live. People who listened, understood and never judged. I am now proud to be part of the team which is able to offer peer support to others. Steve, TB Action Group member

  • TB Alert UK respects partnership work. Chennupati Vidya, President  of TB Alert partner, VMM