Blog: Tuberculosis

World TB Day Podcast: From Practitioners to Policymakers

22 March 2018

On 26 September, the first ever UN High-Level Meeting on TB will take place in New York. This is the first time in the centuries-old history of the disease that TB will be discussed, globally, at the Heads of State and Government level. As momentum builds for the meeting, Rachael Hore and Janika Hauser spoke with a TB survivor, practitioners, policymakers and politicians...

March conference call

7 March 2018

A recording of the March grassroots conference call is now available. We were joined this month by Rosanna Flury, the Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia at the Global TB Caucus Secretariat. Rosanna works with members of the Eurasian Parliamentary Group on TB to help them maximise their impact on addressing TB at a national and regional level, and she also leads the work of the...

The Global Ministerial Conference: What is it and why is it important?

29 November 2017
This guest blog was originally posted by Kate Thompson, Global TB Caucus Secretariat Co-ordinator, on the Global TB Caucus website on 20 November 2017. Last week, Ministers of Health from around the world met in Moscow, Russian Federation, for the Global Ministerial Conference (GMC) on Tuberculosis (TB). The meeting, which was convened by the World Health Organisation, was held...

Counting the cost of TB

14 November 2017

This guest blog post is written by Matt Oliver, RESULTS UK alumni and Head of the Secretariat of the Global TB Caucus, the world’s largest independent parliamentary network.

Today, the Global TB Caucus launched a new report detailing the economic impact of TB. The report, entitled “The Price of a Pandemic 2017”, includes new estimates for the cost of TB produced by global accountancy firm, KPMG.

The headlines are...

Why does engagement and coordination on TB matter at the European level?

18 August 2017

Established in 2009, TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) is the only regional civil society network working exclusively on TB in the European region. Since its foundation, TBEC has been actively supported by RESULTS UK. With increasing rates of drug-resistant TB, limited funding, and low awareness among decision-makers in the region, TBEC focuses its efforts in two key areas. First, TBEC actively engages with various international decision-makers and networks...

Do we have a lack of political will to end TB?

24 March 2017

Today is World TB Day 2017. In the past decade, every World TB Day press release or statement could have been exactly the same, only changing one number – the number of deaths – and it’s going in the wrong direction.

Figures from a recent report highlight the staggering future human and economic cost of failing to address TB: 75 million lives lost by 2050 and cumulative economic costs of $16.7 trillion. This very clearly shows that we are not winning the fight. If we do not act now...

The stories behind the statistics

24 March 2017

We are often told about how difficult and arduous treatments for TB are. Nobody knows this better than those affected by TB or those working on the frontline providing treatment. At the end of last year I met with three TB advocates at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool – the annual meeting point for the TB community - to find out more about their experiences. Here’s what they had to say.

It’s Tough Taking Tuberculosis Medication

Meet Timpiyian Leseni, a...

The rise of the resistant bug

6 February 2017

The discovery of penicillin changed the world. Alexander Fleming revolutionised the way we see microbial infections by discovering the first antibiotic, a feat that ultimately awarded him joint Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Florey & Chain in 1945. The World Health Organisation estimates antimicrobials, on average, add on 20 years to everyone’s life. Not only do they offer quick relief from that troublesome tooth infection or earache but they also underpin modern medicine as...

It's not every day you get a promising new lead in the arms race against TB

31 January 2017

One of my most embarrassing talking points on tuberculosis is that there have been no new first-line treatments for TB since before we put a man on the moon. This is a ridiculous amount of time to not have new, widely used treatments for a disease that kills 1.8 million people each year.

We just took an important step closer to making that statement untrue.

Tuberculosis drug development is slow, expensive, and there isn't a good market for TB drugs because most of the people...

From donor funding to domestic leaders: why country ownership matters

10 January 2017

In all societies there are many ways to foster change. Take a look at the United Kingdom and you’ll see various activities which a wide range of groups use to bring about new, improved or different ways of doing things. Our grassroots campaigners are excellent examples of this. They spend their time writing to their MPs, meeting with government officials, attending local meetings and trying to get articles placed in newspapers in order to bring public or political attention to a certain...

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