step-by-step instructions for writing an LTE
Our #It’sTimeToEndTB campaign asks that we invest in research and development (R&D) to discover the medicines and diagnostic tools needed to stay ahead of TB so that this epidemic can be eradicated. We need Canada to step up the fight against TB so that people living with TB can be properly diagnosed and cured.
The ask: Canada lives up to its commitments made at the 2018 United Nations High Level meeting on TB by accelerating the development of essential new tools to end TB.
Write your LTE to tell Canadian decision makers that #ItsTimeToEndTB for those who need better diagnostics and better, faster-acting and affordable drugs. Explain how TB is a treatable and curable disease, and use World TB Day on March 24 to create a time-sensitive demand to highlight how research and development is the missing key to ending this epidemic.
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.