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Around 2 million people die from tuberculosis (TB) each year globally, despite it being a curable disease in most cases.
Approximately half of the deaths caused by TB occur in high burden countries in the Asia-Pacific.
Australia needs to increase its support.
The Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria has been the major initiative in reducing deaths in recent years. While Australia has supported the Global Fund, our per capita pledge is well behind other comparable donor countries.
Doubling Australia’s aid to the Global Fund would see it make a much more significant contribution in helping save those 2 million lives.
Write a letter to your local MP and/or the editor noting your concern at Australia’s current level of donation.