On 1 August 2018, UK Academics and Professionals to End Tuberculosis sent a letter to the UK Prime Minister, which calls on her to attend the first ever United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, in New York next month.
The letter was signed by over 130 TB academics and professionals, and also leaders of several prominent universities and organisations, including Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, University of St Andrews, St George’s University of London, University of Oxford, British Thoracic Society, British HIV Association, British Infection Association, and TB Alert.
The letter highlights that the global response to tuberculosis – the world’s deadliest infectious disease – is woefully inadequate and also emphasises that, as a world leader in combatting infectious diseases, the UK’s contribution to this once-in-a-generation opportunity for international collaboration to end tuberculosis is vital. This current call builds on an initial letter sent to the government by leading specialists in March and a parliamentary debate in June.
The signatories believe that, with the Prime Minister’s attendance at the UN HLM on 26 September 2018, the unacceptable global injustice of TB will be addressed so that, at last, this terrible disease can be beaten.
The text of the letter is below. A PDF version, including the full list of over 130 signatories, is available here.