For over 9,000 years we have been fighting against tuberculosis (TB). With great efforts, we’ve made progress as it’s now preventable and curable. However, more than 4,000 people die every day from this disease, devastating communities around the world. It’s time we end this epidemic – once and for all. Every year, the international community puts the spotlight on TB by highlighting World TB Day on March 24. It is a globally recognized occasion for people around the world to stand in solidarity with the millions of people who suffer from TB, and the millions who have lost their lives.
World Tuberculosis Day is on March 24 but some of the planning has already started, including the campaign to light up city monuments in red. Last year various monuments around the world were lit up in red, including in Toronto, Victoria, Montreal and Calgary (click here to see the 2019 list). We would like to repeat this and go beyond this year, and the process starts now! If you would like to support this campaign and take action we have the resources you need to get started. Check out this guide to making a request to light up a monument in red and use this draft letter when contacting local representatives.
Join us! On March 24, find the nearest landmark or building lit up in red, take a photo and share it on social media by tagging your Member of Parliament (MP). Use the hashtags: #ItsTimeToEndTB, #WorldTBDay2020 and #voices4Results.