On March 15,2012, STOP TB Canada hosted a world TB day press conference which was chaired by Dr Anne McCarthy, Infectious disease physician and global Health director at University of Ottawa who raised the importance of Canada’s commitment to reduce TB globally and locally. Udloriak Hanson, Executive Director of the Inuit organization Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), announced the upcoming Inuit specific plan to reduce the unacceptably high TB incidence among the Inuit of Canada’s north. They were joined by parliamentarians Joe Daniel of Toronto Don Valley, who is working with immigrant community groups in his own riding , and is vice chair of commonwealth Parliamentarians for TB. Dr Carolyn Bennett, MP St Pauls and Liberal Aboriginal and Northern affairs critic, called for addressing the social determinants of TB among vulnerable groups, and declared that the high Inuit rates in Canada are cause for a failing grade in dealing with TB. Libby Davies, MP East Vancouver, and cahri of the Canadian Parliamentary caucus on HIV, AIDS and TB (HAT) committed to refocusing attention on TB.

Speakers photographed Libby Davies, Joe Daniel, Udloriak Hanson, Dr Anne McCArthy, Dr Carolyn Bennett