On 27th November, I spoke in a crucial debate focussing on the treatment and diagnosis of tuberculosis worldwide.
As the Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis and considering that Ealing Southall has the second highest rate of TB in the country, this issue is naturally very close to my heart and a concern to many of my constituents.
Whilst tuberculosis is undoubtedly a global issue, it is still a major concern for the UK as it has the highest rate of TB in Western Europe.
Throughout the debate I argued for the need of a two-pronged approach to addressing TB in the UK; through local community engagement concentrating on prevention, education and reducing stigmatisation and through the development of a coordinated national strategy. There are many aspects to tackling this disease, whether it is stigma, education or providing adequate health care and believe it is vital that we take a multi-disciplinary approach and actively engage with communities to tackle this disease whether it is locally, nationally or globally.
You can find the full debate and my speech here.