Together to #EndTB march
“Any human being on this planet who has TB must have access to treatment”
Thursday's South African civil society march – Together to #EndTB – attracted 1,000 people from non-governmental organisations, medical groups and activists, including Treatment Action Campaign, Stop TB Partnership and Médecins Sans Frontières.
This was a two-hour march that started in Cape Town’s Darling Street and ended on Walter Sisulu Road, just outside the CTICC, where protesters handed over a memorandum of demands concerning access to TB care and treatment to Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership and Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa's Minister of Health and the Chair of the Stop TB Coordinating Board.
Dr Motsoaledi addressed the crowd and said, “We will start responding to these demands immediately. Great things are happening already. On Monday, we had MPs from countries around the world who have signed a pledge to change how their governments deal with TB. Any human being on this planet who has TB must have access to treatment – anyone! That is my pledge to you today.”