United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ambassador Eric Goosby as the Special Envoy for Tuberculosis. In anticipation of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24th, I reached out to Dr. Goosby to discuss his vision for raising the profile of TB.
Though more than 3,500 people worldwide died of TB today, you won't see it reported in headlines of any major American newspaper. Neither will you see that March 24 is World TB Day simply because for many Americans it is a disease that doesn't hit home, but this could quickly change.
While many will mark World TB Day this coming Sunday the 24th, it's not really a day for celebration. It's hard to celebrate something that still kills close to 1.5 million people each year in the 21st century despite the fact that everyone could have been treated or cured.
In order to ensure that new tools are developed and today's treatments are provided, governments must prioritize tuberculosis as a public health priority and close the projected gaps in domestic and international funding.