BY FRANCIS OKOYE
While many of our politicians are busy doing one thousand and one things that can hardly impact on the people whom they are called to lead, politicians in Europe are doing something different, they have teamed up to eliminate TB from the countries they come from.
Few months back, these politicians, who are members of the European parliament in Brussels, gathered together to organize a symposium innovate to eliminate tuberculosis.
The event was co-organized by the TB vaccine initiative, MEP Francoise Grossetete. the European parliament working group on innovation, Access to medicines and poverty – related disease.
According to Francoise Grossetete, the EU research framework programs have widely demonstrated the ability of the EU to be at the forefront of discoveries in the field of immunization. We cannot lose this achievement and decades of investment. The 2020 EU strategy must focus on innovation and research so that tuberculosis will finally belong to the post.
In a speech presented by video, Dr Joge Sampio, the UN secrtary-General’s special Envoy to stop TB called on Europe to make 2010 a turning point in the fight against TB. Specifically he called on the Euro politicians to increase funding for TB researching support for programmes focused on MDR TB and XDR-TB in neighbouring countries with a high level of drug resistance, and creating a TB think tank bringing together key stakeholders.
Speakers at the symposium included Suzanna Jakab WHO Regional Director for Europe, John Bowis, former MEPS Dima sherembey, all Ukrainian network of people living with H. Tido Von Schoen-Angerer; executive director of the access to essential medicine campaign- medeicins Sans frontiers, Peter Gondrie. Excutive director of the KNCV tuberculosis foundation and Elemi. The ocharous, co-chair of the European Parliament working group on innovation, Access and poverty – related diseases.