step-by-step instructions for writing an LTE
Our #EndCovidEverywhere campaign this month focuses on the ACT-Accelerator (ACT-A) and the investments Canada needs to make to ensure everyone, everywhere has the diagnostic tools, vaccines, and medicines necessary to end COVID-19.
The ask: Canada must invest at least 1% of its COVID-19 response in new and additional aid towards an emergency global response to end the pandemic everywhere. A significant portion of this must go to global health agencies delivering on the ACT-Accelerator (ACT-A).
letter to the editor \ (LTE)
: a letter written to a newspaper, magazine or other periodical about issues of concern to readers, usually intended to be published in the paper/periodical
Write a letter to the editor about why Canada should invest in the ACT-Accelerator (ACT-A). Explain that it aims to develop essential health products for the fight against COVID-19 and ensures that those products are distributed equitably, with new diagnostics, drugs and technologies delivered to the people who need them most.
Point to the fact that the World Health Organization estimates that the USD$35 billion needed for ACT-A would be paid back in 36 hours once international mobility and trade is restored. Use the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17 to talk about the millions of people living in extreme poverty that are now faced with an unprecedented COVID-19 health and humanitarian crisis - where the extraordinary progress over the last decade to save lives from illness and disease now risks being reversed, with an estimated 71 million falling back into poverty.
Use our step-by-step instructions below and get your LTE published in the media.
Try to find a local story to connect to the campaign.
In the age of travel, airborne diseases like tuberculosis knows no borders. Do you know someone who has lived with tuberculosis? Raise the importance of investing in global health and ensuring everyone has access to quality drugs, no matter where they were born.
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Vaccines can save millions of lives
The recent coronavirus outbreak has shown diseases know no borders. While we in developed nations are aptly (and hopefully) prepared for such outbreaks, those in underdeveloped countries still struggle to protect themselves.
A simple, cost-effective and — despite the anti-vax movement — reliable way to prevent the spread of disease is vaccination. Life-saving vaccines are vital for developing nations since disease and poor health is a major barrier for progress.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised an increased Canadian presence in the international community, but has yet to materialize this commitment.
A compelling and practical approach would be for the Canadian government to provide financial aid to Gavi: The Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
Millions are at risk. Canada can play an important role in the prevention of disease and helping these people rise out of poverty and into an optimistic future.
— Adam Ranallo, Publication date: February 6, 2020, The Hamilton Spectator
Don’t include mention of Results Canada - this keeps your letter looking like it’s your opinion, because it is!
You can send your letter to as many editors as you like - no need to change it or make it different. The more editors you send it to, the better your chances of getting published.