INVITATION: MSF shares insights and recommendations ahead first-ever UN TB Summit

Monday, September 17, 2018 — On Wednesday, 26 September 2018 world leaders will meet in New York for the first-ever United Nations High Level Summit on TB – “United to end tuberculosis”. The summit seeks to accelerate efforts in ending a global epidemic killing 4,500 people daily and reach all affected people with prevention and care.

The South African government has played a pivotal role in tackling certain TB issues, including decentralising care for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB), and importantly wasting little time in ensuring that eligible DR-TB patients have access to promising new DR-TB drugs like bedaquiline and delamanid.

Ahead of this meeting Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa hosts a media engagement taking stock of the following:

  • An international perspective on the background to UN TB Summit – Candice Sehoma, MSF Access Campaign Advocacy Officer
  • The lived experiences of TB patients – Goodman Mkhanda, who received all the very best new DR-TB treatments yet did not get better – ultimately his life was saved by an operation that few can access
  • Why South Africa struggles to reduce TB attributable deaths and what can be done now to reduce the massive TB mortality rate – Dr Justine Fargher, a Khayelitsha-based DR-TB doctor with MSF

Event details

Date:   Tuesday, 25 September

Time:   09h30 for 10h00 till 12h00

Venue: Doctors Without Borders (MSF), 70 Fox Street, 7th Floor, Zurich House, Marshalltown

Parking address: 60 Main St, Marshalltown, Johannesburg, 2107

RSVP:  DL-JNB-Joburg-Press@joburg.msf.org by Friday, 21 September by 10h00am

 

Seipati Moloi Media Liaison Co-ordinator at Doctors Without Borders (MSF)