Dear Lynne Featherstone MP,
I have recently come to learn that certain populations in the UK suffer TB rates of 350 cases per 100,000 population – far higher than WHO’s definition of a health emergency, at 250 cases per 100,000. Areas of London have a TB rate comparable to countries like Nigeria and Sudan, having increased by 33% since the year 2000.
Many of the populations suffering from the disease are minority and marginalised groups, such as the homeless, drug users and particular migrant communities, who do not readily make use of the health services available and who are difficult to reach. Certain professionals in the medical field refer to TB in the UK as the disease of poverty.
TB is the second deadliest infectious disease in the world and yet response to it is widely underfunded. There have been no new drug developments since 1972 and…
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