TB Project Officer at RESULTS Canada, a national advocacy organization with a network of volunteers committed to creating the political will to end global poverty.
Meaghan Derynck is TB Project Officer at RESULTS Canada, national advocacy organization with a network of volunteers committed to creating the political will to end global poverty. RESULTS Canada is a member of the ACTION global health advocacy partnership.
There is absolutely no way that we can 'Close the Gap' by being complacent in setting our targets. We must ask ourselves, when it comes to ending the AIDS epidemic, what does success look like? Does it mean putting the blinders on and telling ourselves that the status quo is still good enough?
As advocates, we often like to use analogies to explain the scourge of pandemics like HIV: It's a runaway train with no conductor, a loaded gun in the hands of a madman, a tide that needs to be turned. The problem with analogies though is that they have a way of detracting from the overarching, inevitable truth: People are dying. Real people. By the end of 2012, there were 35.3 million people across the world living with HIV. Even more jarring is the fact that one third of those people also have tuberculosis, and many of them will die before they even know that they have it.