Craig is Stopping Tuberculosis
An exclusive interview with Craig David about tuberculosis and his work for the cause!
What do your fans need to know about tuberculosis?
I’m still learning about it but basically it’s a disease that usually affects the lungs. It causes coughing, fever, night sweats, loss of appetite... and it can kill you if you don’t take the medicine. But there is medicine that can cure it, although it’s a long road: you need to take the medicine for 6 months! They’re working on new treatments but so far that’s the deal.
You can get infected just by breathing in air that has tuberculosis germs in it, like if someone who’s infected coughs or sneezes near you. Anyone in any part of the world can get it - London has a lot of tuberculosis - but it affects poor people the most. It’s also a big issue for people living with HIV/AIDS, because they’re much more likely to catch tuberculosis - and die from it.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg - there’s so much more to know.
Craig, why did you choose to support the fight against tuberculosis?
Well, I wanted to give something back, you know, help the world... (Chuckles). It sounds like such a cliché but I have been so lucky and that has put me in a position to do this kind of thing, to really make a difference.
Tuberculosis kills nearly 2 million people a year even though there are drugs that can cure it. That just seems crazy to me.
I know I can count on my fans out there to support me and support the cause!
What kinds of things will you be doing as a Goodwill Ambassador against Tuberculosis?
I started off with an amazing trip to South Africa with some people from the Partnership, which is the worldwide network of people and institutions and governments and companies and basically just about everyone who wants to get rid of tuberculosis. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
During the trip I learned a lot about the disease but especially about how it affects people - I met such amazing, brave people who just go on with life in spite of the s@%* they face every day.
I shot some great video over there and hope to be sharing that soon. Then we’ll see what the future holds. I’m pretty excited about it!
How will you find the time? We know you are a busy guy!
It won’t be easy - you know what my schedule is like, and I don’t need any excuses to not go to the gym! But I will make the time - where there’s a will, there’s a way. And I’ve got the will.
What can people do to help?
One way to help is to sponsor treatment for someone - just 20 US dollars buys a full course of medicine to cure one person completely. The Stop TB Partnership has a trust fund to collect donations.
And of course you can spread the word - make people aware of the disease so they can donate, or get tested if they think they might have tuberculosis, or notice if someone they know might have it. If you have it, and you know you have it, then you can be cured!