In Dec., 2013, Ebola claimed three victims. By Oct., 2014, that number had ballooned over a thousand-fold.
Massive budget shortfalls at the WHO played a critical role in the failure to stop Ebola, showing the frightening consequence of short-sighted health funding.
Unfortunately, the Federal Conservative government is poised to repeat the world’s mistake in West Africa. Five years ago this same government, once a great supporter of tuberculosis eradication, launched TB REACH, a fund that seeks out the hardest to reach TB sufferers.
Despite the great success of TB REACH, Minister Paradis is prepared to halt funding of this successful, cost-effective program, a fateful decision that will allow TB to spread, evolve and threaten the globe. In the face of the Ebola catastrophe, it’s staggering to witness such short-sighted budgeting.
Nathaniel Poole, Victoria