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World Tuberculosis Day 2013

March 24, 2013 - In recognition of World Tuberculosis Day, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, highlighted the many results that Canadian assistance has helped achieve around the world.

"On World Tuberculosis Day we think of the millions of people worldwide who are dying from this treatable and curable disease," said Minister Fantino.

"As a key supporter of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Canada is working to improve access to diagnosis and treatment, especially for people living in poverty. With support from Canada and other international partners, the fund has identified and treated 9.3 million people with tuberculosis since its inception in 2002. It has also treated 64,000 people with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which continues to pose a major risk globally. To date, the fund has saved an estimated 8.7 million lives from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

"Canada also supports the TB REACH Program of the Stop TB Partnership, which focuses on detecting the disease as early as possible, ensuring timely and complete treatment, and maintaining high tuberculosis cure rates. Between 2010 and 2011 the program saved an estimated 13,000 lives.

"Although progress toward global targets for reductions in tuberculosis cases and deaths continues, the overall prevalence of the disease remains high. The latest statistics indicate that in 2011 alone, 8.7 million people contracted tuberculosis, which also claimed 1.4 million lives that year. We can—and we must—do whatever is possible to keep saving lives.

"Canada is proud to play a vital role in the fight against tuberculosis. On World Tuberculosis Day we acknowledge and thank all those who have made it their purpose to lead the global effort and we pledge to do all that we can to support them in their important work."

Julian Fantino
Minister of International Cooperation