Today TB has come out of the shadows and into the spotlight. I applaud world leaders who have recognized that this number one infectious disease killer cannot be ignored any longer. 4400 people dying each day is a wake-up call for the world to act.
The UN Political Declaration of the Fight Against Tuberculosis is a positive step forward, but it must be more than promises on paper if we are to help the ten million people who are suffering from TB. And it must be treated as more than a call to action. It must be a blueprint that saves lives. A blueprint that holds us accountable for creating a TB-free world.
TB is treatable, preventable and curable. Now, we must all be held accountable.