Short-sighted on TB danger

In Dec., 2013, Ebola claimed three victims. By Oct., 2014, that number had ballooned over a thousand-fold.

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

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