Foreign aid is always an easy target for savings (“We’re richer but meaner than ever”, CT, 4 April, p.20).
Yet we can contribute to the poor beyond our shores and increase their good health, with the right political will. Prime Minister Turnbull should attend the United Nations high-level meeting in September on TB, intended to be “united to end Tuberculosis: a global response to a global emergency”.
While the number of deaths globally from tuberculosis fell by 22 per cent between 2000 and 2015, TB is now responsible for more deaths than either HIV or malaria annually.
In 2015, TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, with an estimated 10.4 million new cases across the globe. It is estimated TB will rob the world’s poorest countries of about $US1 to $US3 trillion over the next 10 years. The Asia Pacific region has 58 per cent of global TB cases.
Some Australian travellers have returned with TB and it remains a security threat to ourhealth.
Prime Minister, please attend that General Assembly meeting on 26 September and show Australia is generous towards the needy beyond ourshores.
Peter Graves, Curtin