Campaign calling on MEPs to combat neglected global diseases launched

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP for the North West of England, has called on MEPs to commit to combatting diseases such as HIV and AIDS, TB, malaria.

The campaign – #LetsSaveLives – was launched this week by DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung) with an online petition calling for Europe to work together to increase political financial support for research and innovation targeted at diseases that affect over one billion people, many of whom live in the world’s poorest countries.

Diseases like HIV and AIDS, malaria, TB and the many neglected tropical diseases cause misery and suffering for millions of people.

Announcing her support and signing the #LetsSaveLives campaign pledge, Ms Griffin said:

“By signing the #LetsSaveLives pledge and supporting the campaign, we call on our political leaders to take action to end the tyranny of these diseases. Even a small improvement in the effectiveness of drugs against malaria or TB can have a huge impact on the health and quality of life of young men and women around the world.”

The UK has been leader in the field of global health R&D, with UK research institutions benefitting from investment and treatments developed by UK researchers for drug-resistant TB now available in UK hospitals.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Ms Griffin said “The #LetsSaveLives campaign is urging MPs and MEPs to use the UK’s leading role in this area to make this fight a priority for the EU – demonstrating that, working together, we can finally eradicate these terrible diseases.”