step-by-step instructions for writing an LTE
Our #EndCovidEverywhere campaign this month celebrates the heroes and everyday people who are playing critical roles in the pandemic response and recovery.
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. Funds must go to global health agencies delivering on the ACT-Accelerator (ACT-A) to respond directly to the virus, as well as towards efforts to mitigate the secondary impacts of the crisis.
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 (LTE) to express your gratitude to healthcare workers who have been working for months to treat people with COVID-19. Explain how they are directly exposed to the virus in their daily work environment and how influential our healthcare systems are to overcoming this pandemic and mitigating the secondary impacts of this crisis.
Pull in messaging that speaks to how investing in the ACT-Accelerator would ensure frontline healthcare workers everywhere have the necessary personal protective equipment and essential tools needed to deliver safe care.
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.
COVID-19: A salutary tale?
The pandemic is not yet over but we are beginning to see some light through the cracks in our world. I am proud to say that Canada has taken a leadership role and contributed ever-increasing amounts to end COVID everywhere. More Canadians should be made aware that the experts estimate a return of $5.60 for every $1 of aid we invest. Indeed, it means the pandemic world-wide will end sooner which is good for our economy.
My greater hope is that we learn from our pandemic experience that contributing to better public health abroad is also the right thing to do. The best example is the TB epidemic which continues to ravage many countries and regions, including Canada’s North. TB is both preventable and curable yet has been the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent. In 2019, it resulted in the deaths of 1.4 million people. COVID deaths will be higher in 2020 as we are already over 1.6 million deaths. But the COVID vaccines were not available until this month.
We have seen how quickly governments and communities react when disease hits richer nations such as our own. Many people have been working for a very long time to combat TB in the Global South. Let’s make sure that the community health workers or “front-line heroes” in those nations have the resources they need post-COVID to wipe out epidemics like TB.
Sherry Moran, Publication date: Dec 15, 2020, Oshawa Express
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.