The UNHLM Political Declaration and Country Targets – targets, aims or obfuscation?
As everyone agrees, the UN HLM was without question ‘historic’ - not least because it has finally brought the global community of TB activists and civil society together and has allowed everyone to find a collective voice. Finding this voice (and each other) may even prove to have been the Meeting’s most significant achievement (brought about by immense dedication and hard work by key individuals who are all to be congratulated) because beyond this there are some reasons for
'I cannot hear you, but I will make sure you hear me loud and clear!'
We've been taking a quick look through some of the statements made at last week’s HLM on TB in New York. There’s every reason to be cautious about them: there’s twenty-five years of targets and aspirations made by politicians in grand halls in places like New York and Geneva which have subsequent been left in the gutter – and a 50 million plus death toll in these 25 years as a result (from a disease which has been curable for the last 50). Gaining a global platform like the