Following our Digital Town Hall on TB – it’s time to take action to end TB

Guest Speaker Nandita Van Katesan

Thanks for joining our Digital Town Hall on the TB UN-HLM with guest speaker Nandita Venkatesan

 

Nandita’s biography:

Nandita Venkatesan is a journalist, a TEDx speaker, a classical dancer and a 2 time-Intestinal Tuberculosis survivor as well as patients-rights advocate. She lost over 90% of her hearing at 24, due to a rare after-effect of a TB injection. In her 8-year-long arduous battle, she first got TB in 2007 as an undergraduate student and then, suffered a life-threatening reinfection in 2013, during which she had to undergo six major surgeries + over 200 injections, was bedridden for over 2 years and suffered severe side effects like memory loss, low sugar and kidney malfunctioning, apart from deafness. Determined to fightback her TB and disability, she gave dance performances WITHOUT hearing to music and started working recently with the Economic Times newspaper. She is a passionate advocate for quicker diagnosis, lesser stigma, focus on women survivors and the need for less-toxic drugs, and regularly handholds patients to complete the treatment. Her awareness initiatives have been profiled across several national, regional and international media organisations like BBC, Reuters, Huffington Post, The Hindu, Times of India, Mirror Now, Franklin Templeton Investments etc.

She won the prestigious ICICI Advantage Women Award (out of 19,000 entries, presented the 3rd place), Rotary India’s Vocational Excellence Award and REACH Media Award for her work.

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MP Meetings

How to  set up a meeting talk with your MP to talk about TB 

Draft letters to MP (Ask for a meeting with an MP)

Letters to PM requesting his attendance the UNHLM on TB

Leave behind packs

TB infographics

TB and why UNHLM is important

How to talk about TB to your MP?

Media (Letters to the Editors)

Sample Letters to the Editor on TB

Digital Assets (for sharing on social media and engaging the public)

Videos to share on facebook (links to posts on RESULTS Page)

  1. Why work on TB now (Ingrid)
  2. What’s TB? (long form) (Ingrid & Joyce)
  3. Papua New Guinea and Australia close partnership on ending TB (Joyce)
  4. Speaking to politicians about TB (Joyce)

Source files (if you want to upload and post on your own profile/Page)

  1. Why work on TB now (Ingrid)
  2. What’s TB? (long form) (Ingrid & Joyce)
  3. Papua New Guinea and Australia close partnership on ending TB (Joyce)
  4. Speaking to politicians about TB (Joyce)

 

Twitter:

We’ve created some Tweets for you to use to get the conversation going!

The UN High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis is an opportunity for political leadership. I urge @thepmo @ScottMorrisonMP to lead Australia’s delegation. #EndTB #UNHLMTB

Heads of state will gather in NYC on September 26 for the #UNHLMTB to drive comprehensive efforts to end #TB, the world’s leading infectious killer. I urge @thepmo @ScottMorrisonMP to lead our delegation #EndTB

Australia is a signatory to the #SustainableDevelopmentGoals. Let’s #EndTB by 2030. I urge @thepmo @ScottMorrisonMP to attend the first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis #UNHLMTB #EndTB

I wrote a letter to my local MP urging them to encourage @thepmo @ScottMorrisonMP to attend the first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis. Here’s my #LetterOutLoud #UNHLMTB

I wrote a letter to my local MP urging them to encourage @thepmo @ScottMorrisonMP to attend the first ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis. #EndTB #UNHLMTB

I wrote a letter to @thepmo @ScottMorrisonMP urging him to attend the United Nations High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis. Here’s my #LetterOutLoud #UNHLMTB

I wrote a letter to @thepmo @ScottMorrsonMP urging him to attend the United Nations High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis. #EndTB #UNHLMTB

Important twitter handles

@thepmo

@StopTB

@GlobalTBcaucus

@LucicaDitiu

@RESULTS_AU

@GlobalFund

@WHO

@JulieBishopMP

@TerezaKasavea

@ACTION_tweets

@G_C_T_A

#Auspol

Facebook:

Here are some Facebook posts for you to share on your own page.

In 2016, TB killed 1.7 million people, more than any other infectious disease. In the Asia-Pacific region, TB takes the lives of 2000 people every day. If nothing changes, it is estimated that 28 million people will die from TB by 2030 – at a global economic cost of US$1 trillion. Join me in urging @Malcolm Turnbull to attend the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis on September 26th. #EndTB #UNHLMTB

Australia is a signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include Target 3.3: To end the TB epidemic by 2030. Currently, there is an annual funding gap of US$1.3 billion for TB research and development – if current trends continue, the world will not end TB for another 100 years. Join me in writing to @Malcolm Turnbull and urge him to represent Australia at the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis on September 26th.

At the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, Australia has the opportunity – in partnership with other nations – to commit to doubling current global investments in TB to reach US$13 billion annually within the next five years.