step-by-step instructions for writing an LTE
Our #LeaveNoOneBehind campaign focuses on the importance of health equity. As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, we need Canada to invest in developing strong, equitable and resilient health systems at home and abroad.
The ask: Canada to support a global and equitable response to COVID-19 by investing in the strengthening of health systems in low-income countries and ensuring that treatment and a vaccine be made available to all.
Write a letter to an editor (LTE) about how ensuring health equity in our borderless world protects not only Canadians but everyone. Equity in health means providing access and affordability to anyone in need of care regardless of their circumstances or where they live. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, explain how investing in strong, resilient universal health coverage cannot wait. Consult our Do’s and Don’ts on how to talk about poverty and the coronavirus.
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
Use our step-by-step instructions below to write your LTE and get it 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.
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.