the light of hope and solutions on World TB Day 

By: Results Canada Published: 27/03/2024

To commemorate World TB Day this year, Results Canada staff, volunteers, and partners worked hard to shine a bright red light on tuberculosis (TB) – a disease that is often overlooked and underprioritized. Each year our goal is to build awareness for TB among decision-makers and the general public and to stand in solidarity with the millions of people affected by TB.

The success of this World TB Day could not have been possible without our volunteer advocates. People across the country came together and demonstrated that they care about ending TB. They got 43 landmarks lit up in red, secured 8 mayoral proclamations, wrote letters to the editor, and called for increased investment in ending TB on social media. Groups of volunteers in Ottawa, Montreal, Waterloo, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Charlottetown, and Winnipeg got together at illuminated landmarks to raise their voices for a TB-free world.

Collage of monuments and landmarks lit up in red across Canada for World TB Day 2024.
Results Canada volunteers gathered across Canada in front of monuments lit up in red for World TB Day.

Over 30 volunteers and Fellows contributed to the success of the campaign to illuminate 43 monuments and landmarks in red across the country.

Edmonton: The High Level Bridge
Calgary: Olympic Plaza, Fort Calgary, Calgary Tower

New Westminster: City Hall
Trail: Victoria Street Bridge
Vancouver: BC Place, Canada Place, Science World, Bloedel Conservatory, Pacific Coliseum 
Victoria: Legislative Assembly of BC, Capital Regional District Building

Morden: City Sign 
Selkirk: Water Tower 
Winnipeg: Manitoba Museum's Alloway Hall, Winnipeg sign, Esplanade Bridge, Convention Centre

Moncton: Avenir Centre, Downing Street, Downtown Place

Halifax: City Hall 

Belleville: City sign
Burlington: Burlington Pier
Guelph: Market Square Guelph City Hall
Hamilton: Hamilton Sign, City Hall
Kingston: City Hall, Springer Market Square
Kitchener: Carl Zehr Square, City Hall
London: Sifton Properties, Canada Life Building, RBC Place Building
Mississauga: Civic Centre Clock Tower
Newmarket: Fred A. Lundy Bridge
Niagara Falls: Fort Erie Peace Bridge
Ottawa: Ottawa sign, Shaw Centre, Aberdeen Pavilion Building and Park Lights, Lansdowne Park
Toronto: Toronto Sign at Nathan Phillips Square, CN Tower
Vaughan: City Hall

Charlottetown: City Hall

Montréal: La Tour du Stade Olympique

Four people holding signs about stopping TB in front of the Calgary Tower that is lit up in red.
Members of the Results Canada Calgary group at the Calgary Tower as it was lit up in red for World TB Day.

On March 24, the Results Calgary group hosted an information and social get-together to commemorate the day. The group welcomed two healthcare providers to enrich the discussion about TB. Participants took impactful actions together: they wrote letters to the editor and letters to MPs in Calgary and across Canada, advocating for increased emphasis on TB elimination and other aspects of extreme poverty.

Several volunteers used their voices on social media to raise awareness on #WorldTBDay. Here are a few examples: Anita Mark, Can Atacan, Chloe Champion, Riyam and Landon, and Qjiel.

Multiple other volunteers and Fellows were published in the media for World TB Day. Read some of their amazing LTEs:

Results staff were impressed by the dedication that volunteers and fellows showed to World TB Day! To our volunteers – your actions made such an impact.

Results Canada had the honour of supporting the visit of the Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Peter Sands, for a whirlwind 24 hours in Ottawa. The Global Fund is crucial in the fight to end TB – it provides a considerable 76% of all international financing for TB.

Not only did Sands speak at our World TB Day parliamentary reception and to the Global Cooperation Caucus, as you’ll see below, but he also joined Global Affairs representatives at a civil society roundtable that we co-hosted. Here, Sands discussed the importance of effective engagement with civil society in the fight to end TB and other infectious diseases. Several organizations and advocates were present and engaged in a meaningful discussion on the path forward.

Peter Sands presenting at the civil society roundtable.
Peter Sands at the civil society organization roundtable on March 19, 2024.
MPs from the Global Cooperation Caucus with Peter Sands.
Some of the participants from the Global Cooperation Caucus March 19, 2024, meeting with Global Funds Executive Director Peter Sands. From left to right: MP Richard Cannings, MP Stéphane Bergeron, Peter Sands, MP Andréanne Larouche, MP Arielle Kayabaga, MP Dave Epp, and MP Mike Morrice.

The Global Cooperation Caucus – a multi-party, non-partisan initiative composed of MPs and Senators and supported by Results Canada and ONE – met on March 19 to discuss TB and other infectious diseases that are impacting efforts to end extreme poverty. Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands joined the caucus to for a discussion about the role of the Fund and Canada’s contributions.

Group shot of MPs, Peter Sands, and Chris Dendys with a Stop TB sign
MPs and speakers at the March 19, 2024, World TB Day Parliamentary Reception. From left to right: MP Bonita Zarillo, Peter Sands, MP Valerie Bradford, MP Ziad Aboultaif, Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis, and Results Canada Executive Director Chris Dendys.

On March 19, Results Canada staff, volunteers, and partners connected with parliamentarians across party lines to celebrate Canada’s efforts towards TB elimination and discuss what further action is needed to achieve this goal. We would like to thank MPs Ziad Aboultaif, Valerie Bradford, Bonita Zarillo, and Senator Rosemary Moodie for sponsoring the event and speaking to the urgent need for Canada to address the TB crisis at home and abroad. The event highlighted how ending TB is a non-partisan issue – something that everyone should support.

The event featured many powerful speakers, who emphasized that TB anywhere is TB everywhere and if we are to end this disease, we must address its root causes both in Canada and around the world. They included Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund; Margaret Kisikaw Piyesis, CEO of CAAN; and Dr. Uzma Khan, TB researcher and survivor.

We would also like to thank our partners who joined us for the parliamentary reception, including Stop TB Canada, TBPeople Canada, FIND, and the Global Fund. We are grateful to work alongside strong partners in Canada and around the world towards our shared vision of a world free of TB. Thank you to the Results volunteers and fellows who graciously donated their time to speak with parliamentarians about the importance of TB eradication.

Ahead of World TB Day, parliamentary champions Senator Rosemary Moodie and MP Valerie Bradford raised their voices in the Senate and the House of Commons to call for an end to the tuberculosis epidemic.

“I want to thank the grassroots advocates from StopTB Canada, TBPeople Canada, and Results Canada for their tireless efforts.”
“There is more to be done, but with effort and political will, I believe that, yes, we can end TB.”

While we celebrate the success of this World TB Day, we recognize that there is much still to be done in the quest to end TB and secure health equity for all. Our advocacy is far from over. Results Canada remains committed to generating the political will to end TB at home and abroad. Join us today!

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