This week experts from around the world have gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the annual Union World Conference on Lung Health. For more than ten years, MSH technical staff working in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have presented and attended this meeting.
This year is special for me: I am attending the Union World meeting for the first time. MSH is extending its US and international advocacy for global health to more funding and attention for TB care and treatment. I am happy to represent the organization at the meeting in my role as the Director of Policy and Advocacy.
From the first-ever march by civil society groups for more funds for TB, to the opening plenary on Wednesday night with Prof Lee Reichman, author of Timebomb: The Global Epidemic of Multidrug-Resistant TB — a book on the world’s focus or lack of focus on TB — it is clear that TB implementers and advocates alike are ready to put a spotlight on TB.