Glenis Willmott, Labour’s European health spokesperson has co-signed a Written Declaration in the European Parliament calling on the EU to support the World Health Organisation’s activities in dealing with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).
Glenis explained: “People may think tuberculosis is a disease of the past, but sadly it remains a threat in Britain and beyond, with London having the highest TB rate of any capital city in Western Europe. The disease is potentially fatal and can leave patients with lasting side effects.
“We are calling on the EU to back the WHO ‘Roadmap to prevent and combat drug-resistant tuberculosis’ and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
“TB already costs the European Union around €750 million (£640 million) per year and the WHO estimates that, if their roadmap is not implemented, the economic loss to the European region could be as much as $12 billion (£7.5 billion) within five years.
“Europe must take action to support the work of the WHO and to consign TB to the history books.