Last year for World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, 2022, monuments around the world were lit up in red, including in Calgary; Montreal; Niagara Falls, Ont.; Toronto; and Victoria, B.C. Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s leading infectious disease killer, claiming around 1.4 million lives every year. TB is an airborne infectious disease caused by bacteria, primarily affecting the lungs. TB disproportionately affects those living in poverty. TB is even a concern in Canada, affecting vulnerable populations, especially Indigenous and newcomer communities. Progress toward eradicating TB has been severely disrupted by COVID-19, due to national budgets being diverted, health workers being reassigned, and resources being redirected. Starting in 2020, TB deaths are now increasing instead of decreasing. Inadequate research and development for TB and outdated diagnosis and treatment options have lessened our chances of meeting the global 2030 global target of ending TB and increased drug-resistant TB, a significant issue reversing decades of progress. Drug-resistant TB results in longer and more dangerous treatment; multidrug-resistant TB accounts for one-third of all antimicrobial resistance-related deaths globally. Scaling up efforts to end TB is more important than ever. Addressing the damage to TB elimination caused by the COVID-19 focus is essential to getting back on track to eliminating TB, reducing the threat of antimicrobial resistance, and preparing for future infectious disease threats. Funding for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria is crucial. Please Canada, please Canadians, please step up. These fights can be won but only with your help and financial support. Marnie Shaw Calgary, Alta.