MP Brenda Shanahan, as Co-Chair of the Multiparty Global Health Caucus, paid a brief but productive visit to Seoul, South Korea from July 18 to 20 to attend an important meeting of the Korea TB Caucus.
The purpose of this visit, sponsored by the NGO RESULTS Canada, was to speak to Members of the National Assembly of South Korea, representatives of Stop TB Partnership Korea as well as members of the Korean civil society and media about her experiences advocating on behalf of Canada’s fight against TB both at home and abroad.
“The meeting was held in a conference room at the National Assembly and we had ample occasion, through interpreters, to exchange with fellow parliamentarians and other international advocates.”, says MP Brenda Shanahan.
Given that TB, and particularly anti-microbial resistant TB, is the most deadly airborne infectious disease on the planet, the participants were most concerned with how best to highlight the need to fight this disease with G20 countries leaders individually and at the United Nations high-level meetings scheduled this fall in New York.
The MP observed that many South Koreans are hopeful about the prospect of re-unification with North Korea but they are also mindful that the neighboring country has a high rate of TB in its population.
All in all, it was a very interesting opportunity to connect with a wide range of colleagues with shared interests and I look forward to having the chance to visit the ‘Calm Morning Country’ again".Brenda ShanahanMP for Châteauguay-Lacolle
Photo: MP Brenda Shanahan with elected officials on the occasion of her participation to the Korea TB Caucus held in Seoul, South Korea from July 18-20.