UK academic and medical leaders call on Prime Minister to attend UN high-level meeting

Today, a network of UK academics and professionals working on TB have sent a letter to the Prime Minister, asking her to personally attend the first ever United Nations high-level meeting on Tuberculosis (TB) on 26 September 2018 in New York.

The letter was signed by over 130 TB academics and professionals, including the leaders of several prominent universities and organisations, including the Liverpool School of 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 warns that current global efforts to combat TB remain "woefully inadequate" and calls on the UK government to "build on its considerable and recognised investments in TB control, care , and research in order to: demand and demonstrate decisive and accountable global leadership; close the gaps in TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment; transform the TB response to be equitable, rights-based and people-centred; and accelerate the development of essential new tools to end TB."

The full text of the letter and list of signatories can be found here.

The letter has since been covered in Saturday's Times. To read the full article, click here.